The main minerals extracted in Hertfordshire are sand and gravel, with smaller amounts of chalk and clay.
The county council produces a Minerals Local Plan which sets out the development planning framework for future minerals extraction and associated development whilst providing for environmental protection. This plays an important role in providing certainty and consistency for both industry and the general public. It contains minerals policies which are used to inform decisions on minerals planning applications in the county.
Find out more in these documents:
Background to Minerals Planning (PDF 394kb) Opening in a new window
Sand and Gravel in Hertfordshire (PDF 388kb) Opening in a new window
Clay and Chalk in Hertfordshire (PDF 280kb) Opening in a new window
The Mineral Local Plan Review 2002-2016 (PDF 513kb)Opening in a new window was adopted on 27 March 2007.
The Minerals Local Plan contains preferred areas for sand and gravel extraction and policies for determining planning applications for mineral extraction.
The Plan is used to protect sand and gravel resources from non-minerals development, making them inaccessible for extraction or introducing development which is not compatible with mineral extraction nearby.
Maps within the Minerals Local Plan
We're currently reviewing our Minerals Local Plan.
We're planning to adopt our new Minerals Local Plan by Autumn 2020.
The Secretary of State issued a Direction in respect of saving the Minerals Local Plan policies for decision making purposes which is in force until the Minerals Local Plan is reviewed.
We've adopted a Supplementary Planning Document (PDF 98.45Kb) Opening in a new window to the Minerals Local Plan.
The purpose of the document is to ensure that district and borough councils consult us before determining applications for development in mineral consultation areas.
Much of Hertfordshire is underlain by sand and gravel resources. Allowing new building and other development in some areas could 'sterilise' the mineral deposits, either by making them inaccessible for extraction, or by introducing new activities such as housing into the area which would not be compatible with mineral extraction nearby.
Adopted mineral consultation areas are identified on county and district and borough proposals maps in their Local Plans.