The UK is endowed with a wide range of indigenous minerals but these natural resources are finite.
With increased pressure on land-use in the UK, there is a need to ensure that these natural resources are not needlessly sterilised by other development, leaving insufficient supplies for future generations. Safeguarding is the term that encompasses the process necessary to ensure that outcome. Safeguarding will also help ensure that the planning system retains the flexibility to identify sites which have the least impact on the environment.
A copy of the Minerals safeguarding in England: good practice advice (2011) is available to download from this page.
Further information is available on the British Geological Survey a website a link is provided on this page.