What is the interface with bodies charged with protecting the environment and heritage?
Why is this important?
Whilst the Mineral Planning Authority (MPA) is responsible for aggregates planning at the local level, there are number of Government and non-government organisations with a vested responsibility for the environment. Their advice and input is of direct relevance to the minerals planning system both during the preparation of the Mineral Development Framework, at the application stage and possibly the appeal stage.
||Similarly there are also some more local groups that may be voluntary or joint funded by local authorities or the minerals industry that will have an influence on the mineral planning system.
It is important to understand the range of organisations involved in some way in the planning process and to appreciate the boundaries between planning and other areas where separate legislative controls may take precedence.
A range of organisations will be consulted either as a statutory consultee or as part of the wider consultation process generally undertaken by MPAs and their views will be taken into account in the drafting of planning policies and ultimately during the consideration of applications. They are an essential safeguard both within the planning system and running alongside it, ensuring that the environment is protected.
Their roles sometimes overlap and in most circumstances there is a level of cooperation between them.
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