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MIN2  Safeguarding Mineral Reserves  Strategic Policy

The local planning authority, where practical, will safeguard mineral reserves. It will refuse planning permission for surface development which would prevent mineral extraction, or will permit extraction of the mineral prior to surface development commencing.

Reasoned justification :

18.3 Minerals represent a resource of national importance. Even though a combination of geological and environmental factors means that mineral extraction is only of marginal importance within Wirral, known reserves and any possible reserves identified in the future represent an important economic asset. It is, therefore, essential that they are safeguarded from inappropriate development which would endanger their future working.