Adoption of the Minerals Plan

The minerals Plan was adopted by each of the ten Greater Manchester authorities, through approval by each Full Council and came into force on Friday 26th April 2013.

A copy of the following documents can be found in the document library:

  •   The Adopted Plan;
  •   Sustainability Appraisal;
  •    Habitats Regulations Assessment;
  •    Adopted Statements by each of the ten Greater Manchester Planning Authorities; and
  •    Strategic Environmental Assessment Adoption Statement.

They are in the document library under the table called Adopted Minerals Plan Documents or  Click Here

The Minerals Plan forms part of the statutory Development Plan for each authority and isused alongside district-specific planning documents for the purpose of determining planning applications.


In August 2009, agreement was reached across the ten AGMA Authorities of Greater Manchester: Bolton MBC; Bury MBC; Manchester CC; Oldham MBC; Rochdale MBC; Salford CC; Stockport MBC; Tameside MBC; Trafford MBC and Wigan MBC to prepare a joint plan for minerals. The formal title of the Minerals Plan is the Greater Manchester Joint Minerals Development Plan Document (JMDPD).

What is the Minerals Plan?

The Minerals Plan provides a sound, sub-regional, planning policy framework and a clear guide to minerals operators and the public about:

  • The locations where mineral extraction may take place
  • The safeguarding of sensitive environmental features and of mineral resources with potential for future extraction
  • All aspects of environmental and resource protection including the sustainable transportation of minerals

Who's Involved?

The ten Greater Manchester Districts of Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan worked together to produce the Minerals Plan for Greater Manchester. To see the map click here

Production Arrangements

Organisational Lead - Work on the Minerals Plan was co-ordinated and managed by the Minerals and Waste Planning Unit (Urban Vision).

Political Management - A Joint Committee was established to act as an Executive, with responsibility for approval of the document except at publication and adoption, at which point the Minerals Plan was agreed by each District's Full Council, with delegated approval to the Joint Committee at submission. The Joint Committee was supported by a Steering Group consisting of officers from each of the Districts.

Community Involvement - Consultation on the Minerals Plan was carried out in accordance with each of the District's Statement of Community Involvement (SCI). To ensure conformity with the SCIs, a Consultation Strategy was prepared which set out detailed methods for engaging with key stakeholders.


Annual monitoring is carried out by the Minerals and Waste Planning Unit who produce a report which is incorporated in to each districtís Annual Monitoring Report. Monitoring of the Minerals Plan will be carried in accordance with each of the 10 Greater Manchester Authorities and planning regulations.


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