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Draft Supplementary Planning Document – Mineral Safeguarding

Devon County Council adopted its new Minerals Plan earlier this year. This plan sets out the policy framework for mineral development in the County over the next 16 years.

The Minerals Plan features the introduction of “Mineral Safeguarding Areas” which aim to protect valuable mineral resources from new development, to ensure that they remain available for use by future generations.

As the Mineral Safeguarding Areas are a new concept, and the success relies on the co-operation of developers and the decisions of Devon’s district councils as local planning authorities, Devon County Council is preparing new guidance to help in decision-making. This guidance is in the form of a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The SPD explains how Mineral Safeguarding Areas are defined, and how decisions on development affecting them should be made.

Devon County Council is seeking views on the draft SPD from anyone involved in submitting, responding to or determining planning applications in Devon, or those with an interest in the County’s mineral resources.

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