Somerset County Council

Somerset Minerals Plan


We are the minerals and waste planning authority for the county, with the exception of Exmoor National Park. 

We adopted the Somerset Minerals Plan in February 2015 following a public examination led by an independent Inspector. 

You can find more information on the examination process on our Examination web page


A number of documents have been used to gather information to write the Somerset Minerals Plan. Some of these documents have been produced by the Government, and others by Somerset County Council. These documents form the 'evidence base' for the Minerals Plan and must be robust and credible. All documents that are part of the Minerals and Waste Development Framework will be published on this website as they become available.

The Minerals Plan sets out how and broadly where minerals will be worked in Somerset until the year 2030. The document covers all land-based minerals in Somerset, with detailed information on the following mineral types:

  • Aggregates - such as crushed rock
  • Building stone - such as Ham stone and blue lias
  • Peat
  • Energy minerals - including oil and gas 

The Plan considers Somerset’s contribution to the adequate and steady supply of aggregates (linked with national and local requirements for minerals), the safeguarding of mineral resources, and reclamation of sites; and it provides a detailed framework for assessing potential impacts of mineral development on our natural and historic environment.

The "old" Minerals Local Plan (adopted 2004) is available for download here.

Exmoor National Park is a separate authority, and details about their planning work can be found on their website. You can find a link to Exmoor National Park website in the Information and Resources section of this page. 


Contact: Minerals and Waste Planning Policy Team 
Address: County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY 
Phone 0300 123 2224 
Opening Hours: Monday 8am to 6pm, Tuesday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

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