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Minerals Local Plan


The Minerals Local Plan gives clear guidance to the minerals industry and members of the public on the policies for dealing with minerals planning applications for the extraction of a range of minerals such as opencast coal, sand and gravel and hard rock.

The County Durham Minerals Local Plan includes policies on the need for new mineral working, the efficient use of resources and the protection of the environment and local communities. 

Our plan was adopted in December 2000. While it was originally intended to cover mineral working in the county up to 2006, many of the policies within the plan remain in force until they are replaced.

The Minerals Local Plan is accompanied by a proposals map, which shows the sites and areas that were allocated for minerals working in the plan and a number of the key environmental designations in the county.

The proposals map also contains a number of insets, and the inset maps for these areas are shown within the plan.  

Status of the Minerals Local Plan policies

The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 saved all existing Minerals Local Plan policies until 27 September 2007. As of September 2007 if you are looking at any of the district local plans you will also need to look at the saved policies list to determine which policies remain valid, as not all policies have been saved and the text of the plans has not been updated.

Contact us
  • Spatial Policy
  • 03000 261 908
  • Our address is:
    • Room 4/24
    • Durham County Council
    • County Hall
    • Durham
    • County Durham
    • United Kingdom
    • DH1 5UQ
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