Do I Need Planning Permission?
- Mineral exploration
- Mining operation
- Waste tipping at a mine
- Removal of material from a mineral working deposit
Minerals are natural compounds formed through geological processes. The term "mineral" encompasses not only the material's chemical composition but also the mineral structures. Minerals range in composition from pure elements and simple salts to very complex silicates with thousands of known forms (organic compounds are usually excluded). The study of minerals is called mineralogy
The search for minerals utilising borehole and excavation techniques.
Planning permission may not be required on any land during a period not exceeding 28 consecutive days consisting of-
- the drilling of boreholes;
- the carrying out of seismic surveys; or
- the making of other excavations, for the purpose of mineral exploration, and the provision or assembly on that land or adjoining land of any structure required in connection with any of those operations.
Subject to the size, location, type of mineral and amount if explosives, permission may be required.
However, should planning permission not be required, the following conditions must be adhered to, to comply with current legislation;
A.2 Development is permitted by Class A subject to the following conditions-
(a) no operations shall be carried out between 6.00 p.m. and 7.00 a.m.;
(b) no trees on the land shall be removed, felled, lopped or topped and no other thing shall be done on the land likely to harm or damage any trees, unless the mineral planning authority have so agreed in writing;
(c) before any excavation (other than a borehole) is made, any topsoil and any subsoil shall be separately removed from the land to be excavated and stored separately from other excavated material and from each other;
(d) within a period of 28 days from the cessation of operations unless the mineral planning authority have agreed otherwise in writing-
(i) any structure permitted by Class A and any waste material arising from other development so permitted shall be removed from the land,
(ii) any borehole shall be adequately sealed,
(iii) any other excavation shall be filled with material from the site,
(iv) the surface of the land on which any operations have been carried out shall be levelled and any topsoil replaced as the uppermost layer, and
(v) the land shall, so far as is practicable, be restored to its condition before the development took place, including the carrying out of any necessary seeding and replanting.
Development Ancillary to Mining Operation
Planning permission may be required for the erection, extension, installations, rearrangement, replacement, repair, or other alterations. In all cases written confirmation of planning permission should be sought from the Minerals Planning Authority before proceeding with any development
Planning permission may not be required for the deposit, on premises used as a mine or on ancillary mining land already used for the purpose, of waste derived from the winning and working of minerals at that mine or from minerals brought to the surface at that mine, (but not above the level of the land adjoining the excavation), or from the treatment or the preparation for sale, consumption or utilization of minerals from the mine.
Planning permission may not be required for the removal of material of any description from a stockpile, or material of any description from a mineral-working deposit other than a stockpile.
If you would like further advise please contact the Planning Group on 0116 305 7040 or complete the following form and someone will contact you. Enquiry Form
Page Last Updated: 22 August 2007