Local Development Plan - the process

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Minerals are essential to sustain and improve our way of life. Yet there is increasing concern about the impact of mineral extraction on the environment and amenity of local communities and about the rate at which they are being extracted, depleting their limited availability.

The concept of 'sustainable development' is nowhere more important in the long term, and nowhere more difficult to achieve in the short term, than in relation to mineral planning. The development plan seeks to strike the balance between the conflicting needs of present and future generations for a supply of minerals, the quality of the environment, and the quality of life in our communities.

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