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  Influence of EU
 Role of central government
 Role of regional bodies
 Enviro protection/heritage
 Role of elected members
 Local communities
 Planning process
 Future aggregate sites
 Commercial interests
 Planning permission
 Enforcing planning rights
 Natural and built heritage
 Noise and vibration
 Transport and traffic
 Air quality
 Water resources
 Mineral waste
  What are aggregates?
 Resources vs Reserves
 Location of aggregates
 Quarry design/restoration
 Aggregate process
 Aggregate testing
  Aggregates use
 Supply and demand
 Value to economy
 Regional supply issues
 Local economy
 Transportation issues
 Site map
 Notes for trainers
Welcome to the Planning4Minerals website

This website contains outdated content. For the most up-to-date information regarding minerals, please visit MineralsUK.

This site is a training resource in key planning issues related to aggregate minerals. It is aimed principally at Councillors and Officers in the Regional Assemblies and Mineral Planning Authorities in England, although it may also be of interest to other stakeholders in the minerals sector. Our web-based training package incorporates a series of topic overviews covering five themes (see below). Each overview provides information in a concise form explaining why each theme is important.

Planning: detailing the role of different organisations in mineral planning from international bodies such as the EU to local parish groups and individuals.

Planning process: providing information on the guiding principles and key mechanisms that form the processes of obtaining planning permission.

Environment: discussing key environmental concerns, impacts and benefits of aggregate extraction.

Resources: explaining what aggregates are, where and how they are worked.

Economics: showing the significance of aggregates within the economy, nationally and locally.
Visitors to a silica sand processing plant in Norfolk

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