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Minerals Planning Guidance (MPG) and Minerals Policy Statements (MPS)

Minerals Planning Guidance Notes (MPGs) and their replacements, Minerals Policy Statements (MPSs), set out the Government's policy on minerals and planning issues and provide advice and guidance to local authorities and the minerals industry on policies and the operation of the planning system with regard to minerals.

Mineral planning authorities must take their contents into account in preparing their development plans. The guidance may also be material to decisions on individual planning applications and appeals.


Minerals Planning Guidance 1: General Considerations and the Development Plan System (MPG1) and Minerals Planning Guidance 6: Guidelines for Aggregates Provision in England (MPG6) were replaced by Minerals Policy Statement 1: Planning and Minerals (MPS1) published on 6 November 2006.

Minerals Planning Guidance 11: The Control of Noise at Surface Mineral Workings (MPG11) was replaced by Minerals Policy Statement 2: Controlling and Mitigating the Environmental Effects of Mineral Extraction in England (MPS2) published on 23 March 2005.

Minerals Planning Guidance 12: Treatment of Disused Mine Openings and Availability of Information on Mined Grounds (MPG12) was replaced by Planning Policy Guidance 14: Development on Unstable Land - Annex 2: Subsidence and Planning (PPG14) published on 26 February 2002.

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