Minerals Safeguarding Development Plan Document

Cornwall has a wealth of mineral resources which have been exploited over the centuries. Its complex and diverse geology makes it distinctive. Current mineral extraction is focused on: china clay, aggregates (both primary and secondary), building stone and metals. Some of these minerals are of local importance for construction purposes, others, such as china clay, are of international importance.

There is a need to provide specific detailed information and policy on mineral safeguarding. The purpose of the Minerals Safeguarding Development Plan Document is to expand on the strategic policies and safeguard mineral resources for future use. Key aspects that the DPD will cover includes: safeguarding china clay, aggregates, building stone and metals; and mineral infrastructure.

The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (25)

Following the examination into the soundness of the Cornwall Minerals Safeguarding DPD and subsequent  consultation on the schedule of modifications; the Planning Inspector has issued his final report setting out his recommendations for the DPD. The Inspector’s Report concludes that the Minerals Safeguarding DPD provides an appropriate basis for the safeguarding of mineral reserves and infrastructure in Cornwall. The Inspector found that the modifications proposed by the Council, which were subject to consultation earlier this year, should be included in the DPD; although in some cases the Inspector has suggested some changes to the detailed wording.  Furthermore, the Inspector found that the DPD designates appropriate safeguarding areas for mineral resources.

The Inspector’s Report can be viewed below and at County Hall, Treyew Road, Truro TR1 3AY.

Following the examination hearing that was held on Wednesday 10th January 2018, a number of modifications have been proposed. The consultation on the Schedule of Modifcations took place between  9am Friday 20 April 2018 - 5pm Friday 1 June 2018. All representations received have been submitted to the Inspector to inform his final report and conclusions on the soundness of the Minerals Safeguarding Development Plan Document.  All responses received will be available shortly to view on this page.

 These proposed changes are set out in the Schedule of Modifications. 

The Statement of Representation Procedure set out how to respond.

The changes consulted on are shown in the format of a strikethrough or underlined.

Consultation Documents

All documents relating to the Examination including the Schedule of Modificaitons consultation documents are also available within the Examination Library.

Updated Evidence Documents

An interactive map of the proposed Mineral Safeguarding Areas is available.