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KYNOCH REVIEWS OLD MINERAL PLANNING PERMISSIONS

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Draft guidance to planning authorities and mineral operators on the review and updating of conditions attached to e...
Draft guidance to planning authorities and mineral operators on the review and updating of conditions attached to existing planning consents for mineral extraction was issued today by Scottish planning minister George Kynoch.

The scheme for the review of old mineral planning permissions is set out in the Environment Act 1995 and will come into force for Scotland in the Autumn of 1996.

Mr Kynoch said: 'Whilst the government recognises the economic importance of mineral extraction, the need to work minerals must be reconciled with the need to care for the environment.

'These draft provisions reinforce our commitment to ensuring that all mineral extraction is carried out with due regard to the highest environmental standards, not only at the time the planning permission is granted, but throughout the life of the site. This provides an ideal opportunity for industry to demonstrate its commitment to raising standards by operating as good environmental neighbours.'

The guidance includes

-- advice on the statutory procedures to be followed on the preparation and consideration of updated conditions during the review process.

-- suggested formats for the various forms and notices required by the review process.

-- examples of conditions that might apply, such as access arrangements, hours of operation, noise limits and restoration.

The closing date for the consultation is September 13, 1996.

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