Historical planning permission database

BGS Datasets

Key information

1:50 000
England and Wales
GIS polygon data. (ESRI, MapInfo, others available by request)

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Local-level to regional-level use

The dataset holds information relating to planning permissions granted for mineral extraction and associated facilities and historic land use associated with permitted, withdrawn and refused mineral planning permission sites

The dataset has been derived from approximately 1400 1:25 000-scale paper maps and associated card index that was originally compiled by the Minerals Division of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (MHLG). They contain hand-drawn boundaries showing mineral related planning permissions and land use collated from the 1940s (retrospectively to 1930) to the mid-1980s. The data contains supplementary information regarding name, operator, dates and relevant local planning authority.

As the data pertains to planning permissions from 1930 to the mid-1980s, it only represents a historic ‘snapshot’ in time. It does not show subsequent applications, resubmissions or later reworking, e.g. opencast reworking of waste tips. Details of these are held by Local Authority Mineral Planning Departments.

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