BAA has responded to the consultation on the February Planning White Paper noting it makes no reference to the key role in ensuring an adequate aggregates and mineral supply to meet government housing and associated infrastructure plans.
We are concerned that it raises the status of Ancient Woodlands in planning policy but affords the same protection to "Plantations on Ancient Woodlands Sites (PAWS)" many of which are just commercial coniferous woodlands encouraged by government policy in the 1950s.
Read the response here
10 February 2017
BAA has supported and been involved with this CBI Minerals Group initiative for several years and this latest draft proposal is now out for wider consultation. It has been shared and discussed at various industry events including the CBIMG "Living with Minerals" events; and with the wider stakeholder group UK Minerals Forum of which BAA is also a participant along with government bodies, devolved regions and NGOs.
The earlier reports referred to in the strategy are The Future of Our Minerals and The UK Mineral Extraction Industry
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20 January 2017
In response to the Scottish Government Consultation (which runs to 27th February) BAA asks for the same treatment as farmers in light of the continuing hardships in the industry particularly for SME companies. BAA also recommends that mineral applications are undertaken by just one or two authorities with the necessary specialists to ensure timely completion.
BAA Response to consultation to increase planning fees in Scotland
2 February 2016
This CBI Minerals Group report was published this week with key facts on the output, turnover and essentiality of the industry to the UK Economy - contributing 16% of the total UK economy. (£235Bn GVA).
29 November 2015
This Minerals & Historic Environment Forum (MHEF*) document remains in force as the only current multi-stakeholder guidance, but is under revision, and views are being sought to help us understand current issues. We are keen to get first hand views of relevant stakeholders and practitioners and this provides an opportunity for us to hear about your experiences and your views.
The survey is open until 5pm on Monday 21st December at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TB75G5Y
* MHEF is an umbrella body with representation from BAA along with CBI Minerals Group, Mining Association of the UK, Mineral Products Association, Planning Officers Society, Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers, Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers and Historic England.