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Minerals Planning

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question 1:  What is the County Council’s Role in Minerals Planning?

Question 2:  Who is responsible for minerals planning in Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks?

Question 3:  Who is responsible for minerals planning in the Unitary Authorities of Plymouth and Torbay?

Question 4:  Who prepares the Devon County Minerals Local Plan which sets out the County Council’s objectives and policies that will guide decisions on proposals for the winning and working of minerals within the administrative area of Devon?

Question 5:  What is the current state of the Minerals Local Plan?

Question 6:  Where can I see a copy of the Minerals Local Plan?

Question 7:  What should I do if I wish to comment on the current version of the Minerals Local Plan?

Question 8:  How can I contact the County Council for further information or advice regarding the Minerals Local Plan?

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Question 1:  What is the County Council’s Role in Minerals Planning?

As Minerals Planning Authority, the County Council decides all planning applications regarding the winning and working of minerals.  In addition, the County Council is responsible for preparing a Minerals Local Plan (soon to be replaced by a Minerals Development Framework) which sets out the County Council’s land use policies relating to the winning and working of minerals, so as to provide detailed criteria against which planning applications can be assessed.

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Question 2:  Who is responsible for minerals planning in Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks?

Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks are responsible for producing their own Minerals Local Plan, although the National Parks have been consulted as part of Devon County Council’s Local Plan making process.

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Question 3:  Who is responsible for minerals planning in the Unitary Authorities of Plymouth and Torbay?

Plymouth and Torbay are responsible for producing their own Minerals Local Plan, but both unitary authorities were consulted as part of the County Council’s Local Plan making process.

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Question 4:  Who prepares the Devon County Minerals Local Plan which sets out the County Council’s objectives and policies that will guide decisions on proposals for the winning and working of minerals within the administrative area of Devon?

Devon’s Minerals Local Plan has been prepared by the County Council’s Minerals and Waste Planning Policy Team.  The District Councils in Devon, together with the adjoining Unitary Councils and National Parks, have been consulted throughout the process.

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Question 5:  What is the current state of the Minerals Local Plan?

The Devon County Minerals Local Plan was adopted on 25th June, 2004.  Following the introduction of new legislation introduced as part of the Planning and Compensation Act 2004, this document will be “saved” for a period of three years, during which time a new-style Minerals Development Plan Document will be prepared.

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Question 6:  Where can I see a copy of the Minerals Local Plan?

The Minerals Local Plan may be viewed on line by following the link below:

Copies of the Minerals Local Plan are available for purchase.  Please click on the link below for details:

The Minerals and Waste Development Scheme which sets out the County Council’s programme for the preparation of the replacement documents over a three year period may be viewed by following the link below:

  • Minerals and Waste Development Scheme

The current state of the Minerals Development Framework may be viewed by following the link below:

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Question 7:  What should I do if I wish to comment on the current version of the Minerals Local Plan?

The current Plan has now been adopted.  Following the publication of the Minerals Development Framework, there will be an on-line form available for representations during the consultation period.  Alternatively, comments may be sent by post to:

Minerals and Waste Policy Section, Devon County Council, Room ABG Lucombe House, County Hall, Topsham Road, EXETER, EX2 4QW

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Question 8:  How can I contact the County Council for further information or advice regarding the Minerals Local Plan?

Contact the Minerals and Waste Planning Team by telephone; 01392 383233, by email to (link to online comments form), or by letter to  Minerals and Waste Policy Section, Devon County Council, Room ABG Lucombe House, County Hall, Topsham Road, EXETER, EX2 4QW.

We will endeavour to deal with your enquiry within the following timescales; however this may be dependent on the complexity of your query:

Telephone enquiries:48 hours if the subject cannot be dealt with immediately
Letters:10 working days
E-mails:3 working days

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