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Devon Minerals Plan

Options Consultation Paper

Following on from the Issues and Options Consultation Paper of November 2007, Devon County Council has reviewed the scope of the Minerals Core Strategy and its key issues.  As a result, a more concise and detailed set of options was developed.

The key issues for the Minerals Core Strategy are:

  • achieving a spatial pattern that minimises the distances that minerals are transported by road, supports the county's economy and protects its environment;
  • maintaining the supply of Devon's mineral resources of national importance - ball clay, china clay and tungsten;
  • delivering a sustainable supply of aggregate minerals to meet Devon's construction needs, making full use of secondary and recycled materials and providing for new resources when required;
  • enhancing the supply of locally-distinctive building stone;
  • protecting Devon's minerals resources to make sure that they remain available for future generations; and
  • delivering positive benefits from mineral working and mitigating any adverse impacts.

A new Options Consultation Paper was published on 1st March 2011, with the consultation period ending on Friday 29th April 2011.  The Consultation Paper, together with supporting documents, is on the County Council's online consultation facility, which also allows responses to be viewed (by clicking on the 'View Comments' tab by each of the consultation questions).  This consultation facility can be found through the following link.

Online Consultation Facility

A copy of the Options Consultation Paper is also provided below, together with a summary leaflet and a collation of the responses received.

Options Consultation Paper (1.84MB - pdf help)

Summary Leaflet (293KB - pdf help)

Summary of Responses and Actions (435KB - pdf help)

To allow local residents to find out more about the impacts of mineral development on their area, Devon County Council held a series of local consultation events at the following locations.

Tuesday 15th March 2011 - The Square Corner, Uffculme

Wednesday 16th March - The Kings School, Ottery St Mary

Tuesday 22nd March - Hemerdon Recreation Hall, Hemerdon, near Plymouth

Wednesday 23rd March - Newton Abbot Library, Teign House, Kingsteignton Road, Newton Abbot

Tuesday 5th April - Sparkwell Village Hall, Sparkwell, near Plymouth

Local Consultation Events Review (288KB - pdf help)

To provide evidence for the Options Consultation Paper and to explain how options were developed to meet the Minerals Core Strategy's objectives, Devon County Council produced Objective Options Papers, and these can be viewed below.

Spatial Strategy (472KB - pdf help)

Minerals of National Importance (538KB - pdf help)

Sustainable Aggregates Supply (389KB - pdf help)

Local Building Materials (48KB - pdf help)

Safeguarding Mineral Resources and Infrastructure (473KB - pdf help)

To help people in understanding the implications of the Minerals Core Strategy for local areas, larger-scale versions of some of the maps included in the Options Consultation Paper were produced, and these are available through the following link:

Local Area Maps

The options presented in the Options Consultation Paper were subjected to Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment, and the outcomes of these processes will be used in selecting the options to be taken forward.  The relevant reports can be viewed through the following links.

Sustainability Appraisal

Habitats Regulations Assessment

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the Options Consultation Paper or the online consultation facility, or need further information on how your local area may be affected, please contact the Minerals Policy Team by either of the following methods:

By telephone:  01392 383510

By email:

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