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Minerals and Waste Safeguarding

Mineral resources and waste infrastructure are essential to support a modern economy.

It is important they are protected from other forms of development to avoid unnecessary sterilisation or operating difficulties. This policy of protection is known as minerals and waste safeguarding.

Safeguarding is a material planning consideration but does not rule out alternative development. Whether planning permission should be granted or not is a decision for the borough or district council, in consultation with the Mineral & Waste Planning Authority, and in the light of relevant policies.

Minerals Safeguarding

Minerals Safeguarding is supported by the Surrey Minerals Plan 2011 Core Strategy (Policy MC6), the National Planning Policy Framework (Paras 143 & 144) and National Planning Policy Guidance (Para 003).

In Surrey it applies to the following sites and areas:

  • Mineral Safeguarding Areas (MSAs) covering known deposits of minerals.
  • Existing or proposed mineral sites, aggregates rail depots, and aggregate recycling facilities.

Waste Safeguarding

Waste safeguarding is supported by the Surrey Waste Plan 2008 (Policy DC1) and the National Planning Policy for Waste (Para 8).

In Surrey it applies to the following sites and areas:

  • All existing waste management sites
  • Sites allocated in the Surrey Waste Plan 2008.

The Minerals and Waste Consultation Protocol

The Minerals and Waste Consultation Protocol published in July 2016 sets out how Surrey County Council and the Borough and District councils shall work together constructively to ensure minerals and waste issues are taken into account during the preparation of local plans and in the determination of planning applications.

The Minerals and Waste Consultation Protocol is available for download below.

Safeguarded Sites and Areas

For the location of safeguarded sites and areas see our online map viewer.

Guidance is available to download below on how to use the online map viewer.

Please note: the site boundaries and site records provided by Surrey County Council Minerals and Waste Planning Policy Team will have different levels of confidence depending on the information available to us.

While we aim to provide accurate and up to date information, we cannot accept any liability or responsibility should you rely on the information provided and ultimately find it to have been incorrect.

If you see anything wrong please contact the Minerals and Waste Planning Policy Team.

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