Hertfordshire County Council is the Minerals Planning Authority for the county. We identify potential new sites for extraction and determine planning applications for mineral workings, as well as any associated minerals development.

We have a legal responsibility to plan for the future supply of sand and gravel in Hertfordshire.

We produce a Minerals Local Plan which sets out the policies the county council will use to determine planning applications. The Minerals Local Plan also identifies sites where future mineral extraction may occur. 

Our current Minerals Local Plan was adopted in 2007. We are currently reviewing our Minerals Local Plan. View the Proposed Submission Minerals Local Plan for information on the publication.

Background to Minerals Planning

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

Minerals Local Plan 2002-2016

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

Minerals Local Plan Review

We're currently reviewing our Minerals Local Plan here.

We must review our adopted Minerals Local Plan to assess whether the sites and policies set out in the Plan are still appropriate. We also assess whether new sites need to be identified for potential mineral extraction.

There are multiple stages of review where we will invite members of the public to comment on the emerging Plan. Find out more about the Minerals Local Plan review.

Minerals Local Plan Saving Direction

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.

Minerals Consultation Areas Supplementary Planning Document

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.


Supporting documents