The National Minerals Map of Wales project aims to identify and present spatially significant mineral resources across Wales. The project is jointly funded by the Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund for Wales and the BGS.
There are two major components to this project:
The National Mineral Resources Map of Wales provides spatial information on mineral resources in Wales at a national level.
Download the National Minerals Map of Wales from MineralsUK
This information is essential in allowing Mineral Planning Authorities to visualise the extent and distribution of mineral resources and to relate them to other forms of land use (such as urban areas or nature conservation areas) or to other factors (such as transport infrastructure and environmental information).
Planners can then use this information to assess the importance of mineral resources in land use planning in accordance with the principals of sustainable development.
The Aggregate Safeguarding Map of Wales is being produced simultaneously with a review of planning guidance notes from the Welsh Assembly concerning the safeguarding of mineral resources throughout Wales.
Safeguarding mineral resources does not mean that an area will have its mineral resources developed, nor does it mean that other forms of development are excluded. Safeguarding mineral resources means to consider mineral resources in the planning process prior to making any planning decisions.
The Aggregate Safeguarding Map of Wales will help to inform planning authorities to consider the mineral resources in their area during the planning process.
A consultation event on the National Minerals Map of Wales was held on 19 May 2009.
This was an important opportunity for stakeholders to state their views and concerns.
The mineral resource data for Wales is presented on six maps at 1:100 000 scale that cover the whole country.
South-east Wales map: covering Blaenau Gwent, Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Swansea, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Torfaen, Vale of Glamorgan, eastern Carmarthenshire and southern Powys.
South-west Wales map: covering Pembrokeshire, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, Carmarthenshire and southern Ceredigion.
Mid Wales (South) map: covering southern Powys, north-east Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion.
Mid Wales (North) map: covering northern Powys and southern Gwynedd.
North-west Wales map: covering Anglesey, Gwynedd, Snowdonia National Park Authority, and western Conwy.
North-east Wales map: covering Colwyn Bay, Wrexham, Betws-y-Coed, Llanfyllin and Llangollen.
The mineral resource maps show both the superficial deposit resources and the bedrock resources. Where superficial resources overlie bedrock, the outline of the bedrock resources is shown through the superficial resource polygon as shown below.
The project was overseen by a steering group comprising members of the Welsh Assembly Government, Mineral Planning Authorities, members of industry, and environmental organisations.
Download the National Mineral Resource Map of Wales from MineralsUK
Contact Dr Adrian Humpage for more information.