FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a Development Plan Document (DPD)?

Development Plan Documents set planning policies in local-authority areas. They are very important when deciding planning applications. All local authorities must produce a Local Development Framework (LDF) which is a folder containing all of the authorities planning documents, including Development Plan Documents. The Joint Minerals Development Plan Document (known as the Minerals Plan) will form part of the LDF for each of the Greater Manchester Authorities.

What is the Minerals Plan?

The Greater Manchester Authorities are required by law to plan for future mineral provision. They are therefore producing a Joint Mineral Development Plan Document (known as the Minerals Plan) that will provide a sound, sub-regional, planning policy framework that provides 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; and - All aspects of environmental and resource protection including the sustainable transportation of minerals.

Why is the Minerals Development Plan Document being produced as a joint effort in Greater Manchester?

There are a number of benefits for the ten Greater Manchester Authorities joining together to produce the Minerals Plan. Not only are there cost savings for the Authorities, working jointly will ensure a strategic view is taken and all Authorities have the same policies for dealing with minerals planning applications.

The Minerals Plan is being prepared by the Greater Manchester Geological Unit on behalf of all the Greater Manchester Authorities. An Officer Steering Group made up of Planning Officers and a Joint Committee made up of Councilors from all the Greater Manchester Authorities is guiding the process.

What is the difference between a mineral resource and a mineral reserve?

There are a number of key terms that are applied when considering minerals planning; these include 'mineral resource' and 'mineral reserve'. A mineral resource is a known mineral that, due to its properties, is, or may become, of potential economic interest. Once the economic value of a resource has been proven and planning permission granted for mineral extraction, it is called a mineral reserve.

What is a Mineral Safeguarding Area (MSA)?

An MSA is an area of known mineral resources that is of sufficient economic or conservation value to warrant protection for generations to come. The introduction of Minerals Policy Statement 1: Planning and Minerals (MPS1), requires Mineral Planning Authorities to define MSAs in Development Plan Documents.

Why do we need aggregates?

Aggregates are granular material used in construction and are essential in new buildings and maintaining the built environment. They are used in concrete, roadstone, asphalt and numerous other construction materials; because of this, aggregates are essential for our economy.

What is the difference between primary, secondary and recycled aggregates? Primary aggregates are materials that are directly extracted from the ground. They can be crushed rock aggregate, which is when hard rock is quarried from a rock face and broken into smaller pieces. The other type of primary aggregate is sand and gravel, which is material that has already been broken into smaller pieces by natural processes.

Secondary aggregates are the by product of other mining or quarrying activities, for example, colliery spoil associated with coal mining.

Recycled aggregates are materials produced by the recycling of construction and demolition waste, for example crushed concrete.

Why is this an aggregate apportionment and what is Greater Manchester's role in meeting this?

National aggregates policy is set out by the Government in Minerals Policy Statement 1 (MPS1). MPS1 requires Minerals Planning Authorities to make provision for the sub-regional apportionment of the current National and Regional Guidelines for land-won aggregate in the approved Regional Spatial Strategy.

Greater Manchester shares its apportionment with Merseyside, Halton and Warrington. The current sub-regional apportionment (2001 - 2016) for sand and gravel production is 4.1 million tonnes (Mt), with an annualised requirement of 0.26Mt. The sub-regional apportionment for crushed rock aggregate production is 26.40Mt with an annualised requirement of 1.65Mt.

Greater Manchester, together with Merseyside, Halton and Warrington, is expected to meet the annualised requirement in order to contribute to the overall apportionment for the North West.

How can I get involved in the consultation process?

If you would like to be notified when consultations on the Minerals Plan are taking place, or to find out about future stakeholder events, please register your interest:

Tel: 0161 779 6182

E-mail: planningteam@gmmineralsplan.co.uk

 

 

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