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Mineral Extraction and the Historic Environment

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This document sets out the Historic England position on mineral extraction and the high-level policies that will form the basis for responses and views put forward by Historic England on any matter relating to the winning, working and safeguarding of minerals. Its principal purpose is to guide the work of Historic England, but it will also be of interest to the wider historic environment sector, government, local authorities, the minerals industry and other organisations that care for the environment.

On 27 March 2012, the Government published the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The NPPF supersedes Planning Policy Statement 5: Planning for the Historic Environment (PPS5) (which replaced Planning Policy Guidance 15: Planning and the Historic Environment (PPG15) and Planning Policy Guidance 16: Archaeology and Planning (PPG16) in 2010); and Planning Policy Statement 1: Delivering Sustainable Development, (PPS1) as Government Policy on the management of change to the Historic Environment in England.

The NPPF also supersedes Minerals Policy Statement 1: Planning and Minerals (MPS1); Minerals Policy Statement 2: Controlling and Mitigating the Environmental Effects of Minerals Extraction in England (MPS2); Minerals Planning Guidance 2: Applications, permissions and conditions (MPG2); Minerals Planning Guidance 3: Coal Mining and Colliery Spoil Disposal (MPG3); Minerals Planning Guidance 5: Stability in surface mineral workings and tips (MPG5); Minerals Planning Guidance 7: Reclamation of minerals workings (MPG7); Minerals Planning Guidance 10: Provisions of raw material for the cement industry (MPG10); Minerals Planning Guidance 13: Guidance for peat provision in England (MPG13); and Minerals Planning Guidance 15: Provision of silica sand in England (MPG15) as Government Policy on Facilitating the Sustainable Use of Minerals.

Whilst some of the references in this document may now be out-of-date, Historic England believes that it does still contain useful advice, guidance and case studies.


  • Minerals and the historic environment
  • Impacts of extraction on the historic environment
  • Minerals and conservation
  • Historic England policy on minerals extraction and use
  • References

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Product Code: 51396


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