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Minerals Planning

Devon Minerals Plan

To replace the existing Minerals Local Plan, Devon County Council is preparing the Devon Minerals Plan 2011 - 2031, which will contain the Council’s vision and objectives for minerals planning and provide the policy framework and site proposals to maintain the supply of minerals and limit the impacts of their working. The Minerals Plan will have regard to existing and emerging national and regional minerals policy, while addressing the specific characteristics of Devon and its minerals.

Prior to February 2012, the emerging document was known as the Minerals Core Strategy, and much of the information provided below that was published before that date will refer to this title. However, to reflect changing national planning legislation and terminology, the document will from now on be termed the Devon Minerals Plan 2011 - 2031.

Latest News: Local Aggregate Assessment

The National Planning Policy Framework introduced a new requirement for the preparation of an annual Local Aggregate Assessment.  In discussion with the other Devon mineral planning authorities, Devon County Council has prepared the second Local Aggregate Assessment for Devon. To view the document please see Local Aggregate Assessment.


Strategic Stone Study

One of the issues for the Devon Minerals Plan is the limited supply of locally-distinctive building stone in Devon, with large parts of the county having no quarries producing the stones that contribute to the area's character. To provide evidence in addressing this issue, English Heritage has published a 'Building Stone Atlas of Devon' based on work undertaken by Devon County Council. The atlas and supporting data can be found at Building Stone Atlas of Devon.


Consultation on Sand and Gravel Site Proposals

Devon County Council consulted local communities in the Uffculme/Burlescombe and Ottery St Mary areas on proposals for sand and gravel sites from 15 March to 30 April 2012, and will also be consulting on a ball clay strategy for the Bovey Basin shortly. See Mineral Sites Consultation to find out more about the proposals.


Options Consultation Paper

To obtain the views of organisations and individuals on the emerging Minerals Core Strategy, Devon County Council published an Options Consultation Paper on 1 March 2011, with the consultation period ending on Friday 29 April 2011. The options put forward in the Consultation Paper were subjected to Sustainability Appraisal, with a report of the appraisal being available. To view the consultation paper and supporting documents and find out what responses were received, follow the link below.


Devon's Big Minerals Debate

Follow this link to the on-line information, leaflet and questionaire "Devon's Big Minerals Debate", including a summary of the public's responses.


Call for Aggregate Sites

To provide evidence for developing its strategy for the supply of aggregates, Devon County Council issued a ‘call for sites’ in Summer 2010 to deliver new aggregate resources. Further information can be found through the following at Call for Aggregate Sites.


'Refreshing the Vision and Objectives' Consultation

Devon County Council carried out an informal consultation on revisions to the vision and objectives for the Minerals Core Strategy and changes to the scope of the Strategy.

The consultation period ended on 31 October 2008, and a summary of the responses can be seen at Refreshing the Vision and Objectives.


Issues and Options Consultation

Devon County Council published the Issues and Options Consultation Paper for the Minerals Core Strategy on 5 November 2007, with the consultation period running to 18 January 2008. The Consultation Paper can be accessed at Issues and Options Consultation.

Preparation of the Minerals Core Strategy is being undertaken in line with the following principles:

  • a sound evidence base
  • early and extensive stakeholder involvement
  • the delivery of sustainable development


Evidence Base

Preparation of the Minerals Core Strategy is based on detailed evidence which will inform the development of the Core Strategy. The following documents have been published and will be updated where necessary:


Stakeholder Involvement

In order to ensure that all potential issues and options are investigated, and to incorporate as wide a range of views as possible, the County Council is committed to encouraging the early and extensive involvement of all stakeholders, including the minerals industry, environmental and community groups, statutory bodies, representatives of local communities and interested individuals. Initiatives to achieve this include:

Newsletters will be published at regular intervals to keep interested stakeholders up to date with progress on the Minerals Core Strategy and to inform them of forthcoming events and consultations:

Stakeholder Workshops
The County Council has held two stakeholder workshops at the Sandy Park Conference Centre in Exeter, facilitated by experienced consultants, to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities for mineral development and to encourage exploration and discussion of potential issues. The first workshop, on Wednesday 14 February 2007, introduced the Core Strategy and helped to develop its vision and objectives, while the second event on Thursday 22 March 2007 explored issues in more depth to help develop options.

A detailed report on the workshops and their outcomes, prepared by the Council's facilitators, has been published and is available through the links below:

Consultation Workshop
To help consultees in understanding the potential effects of the Minerals Core Strategy options on their community or organisation, the County Council held a Consultation Workshop in Exeter on 4 December 2007. The report of the scope and outcomes of the Workshop can be viewed through the following link, and copies of the Workshop presentations will also be published here shortly.

Online Forum
To encourage open and informal discussion between stakeholders on mineral planning issues in Devon including the draft vision and objectives for the Core Strategy, and to enable stakeholders to seek information on mineral matters, an Online Forum has been set up. This forum is not intended to replace the formal consultation that will occur as the Core Strategy is progressed, but to supplement and enhance it by allowing stakeholders from diverse backgrounds to identify issues for discussion and to share their thoughts. The Online Forum can be accessed here.

A series of Factsheets have been produced to provide information to stakeholders on the main types of mineral that are quarried in Devon:


Sustainability Appraisal

To help in understanding the environmental, social and economic impacts of the emerging Minerals Core Strategy, Devon County Council is undertaking Sustainability Appraisal at each stage of its development. The process incorporates the requirements of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Directive, and appraises the options and policies of the Core Strategy against a range of sustainability objectives. Copies of the Scoping Reports and Sustainability Reports are available at Sustainability Appraisal.


Further Information

Further information on mineral development is available through the links below. Please note that these links are provided for information purposes only, and their inclusion should not be taken as an endorsement by Devon County Council of their content.

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