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Minerals Planning

The average person in Britain consumes 1.28 tonnes of rock every year. This is used in various products ranging from building materials to everyday items such as vehicle tyres and paper fillers and coatings and, more unexpectedly, as additives for animal feedstuffs (to make strong bones and eggshells) and in the toothpaste we use night and morning.

Most forms of mineral development require planning permission before they can be carried out. The County Council, acting as Mineral Planning Authority, determines mineral planning applications, and has a duty to prepare a Minerals and Waste Development Framework which sets out the Council’s policies it uses in considering proposals for mineral development. Unitary Authorities and National Parks are Mineral Planning Authorities in their own right and therefore each is responsible for its own Local Development Framework which will address minerals issues in their area.

In Devon about 7.5 million tonnes of rock are won and worked annually from over 50 active mineral sites. These, together with 57 dormant sites, cover over 3,000 hectares of land. The industry employs over 1000 people.


The Devon County Minerals Local Plan was formally adopted on 25 June 2004. It will be saved for a minimum of three years before being replaced by documents within the Minerals and Waste Development Framework. It seeks to strike a balance between meeting society’s need and demand for minerals and the need to minimise the impact of mineral extraction and processing in the environment.

For a summary of all the stages and documents published during the preparation of the Minerals Local Plan, together with a complete version of the Adopted Plan, please follow the link below to the Minerals Local Plan:

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If you would like to make a comment about mineral planning in Devon, please contact us using the details below or by completing the online enquiry form.

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Minerals Policy Section
Devon County Council
Lucombe House
County Hall
Topsham Road

01392 383233 / 382160

01392 381459

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