Mineral resource information for development plans phase one Cornwall : resources and constraints

Scrivener, R.C.; Highley, D.E.; Cameron, D.G.; Linley, K.A.; White, R.. 1997 Mineral resource information for development plans phase one Cornwall : resources and constraints. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 43pp. (Mineral Resources Series, WF/97/011) (Unpublished)

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This report is one of a series prepared by the British Geological Survey for various administrative areas in England and Wales for Phase One of the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) Research Project ‘Mineral Resource Information for Development Plans.’ The report and accompanying map relate to the County of Cornwall. They delineate and describe the mineral resources of current, or potential, economic interest in the area and relate these to national planning designations which may represent constraints on the extraction of minerals. Three major elements of information are presented and described: the geological distribution and importance of mineral resources; the extent of mineral planning permissions and the location of current mineral workings; and the extent of selected planning constraints (national statutory designations). This wide range of information, much of which is scattered and not always available in a consistent and convenient form, is presented on a digitally-generated summary map, Mineral Resources. The map is produced at 1:100 000 scale, which is convenient for overall display and allows for a legible topographic base on which to depict the information. In addition, as the data are held digitally using a Geographical Information System (GIS), easy revision, updating and customisation are possible, including presentation of subsets of the data at larger scales. Basic mineral resource information is essential to support mineral exploration and development activities. In the wider context of sustainable development, mineral resource data are also required for resource evaluation and planning and for the establishment of baseline data needed for environmental impact studies and environmental guidelines. Moreover, knowledge of the extent and quality of mineral resources, and there rate of extraction can help to value them as national assets, to ensure that the capital they represent is managed properly and rates of depletion monitored. This will ensure that a sustainable pattern and standard of development is achieved. The purpose of the work is to assist all interested parties involved in the preparation and review of development plans, both in relation to the extraction of minerals and the protection of mineral resources from sterilisation, by providing a knowledge base on the nature and extent of mineral resources and the environmental constraints which may affect their extraction. However, it is anticipated that the maps and report will also provide valuable data for a much wider audience, including the minerals industry, the Planning Inspectorate, the Environment Agency, the Countryside Commission, other agencies and government bodies, environmental interests and the general public. The mineral resource information has been produced by the collation and interpretation of data principally held by the British Geological Survey. The methodology for the collection and display of the data is described and a range of sources of information and further contacts is presented. The resources covered are china clay, china stone, igneous rock, serpentinite, sandstone, slate, sand and gravel, metalliferous and related minerals, geothermal energy, oil and gas, and secondary aggregates.

Item Type: Publication - Report
Programmes: BGS Programmes > Economic Minerals
Funders/Sponsors: British Geological Survey, Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: This item has been internally reviewed, but not externally peer-reviewed. This report accompanies the 1:100,000 scale map : Cornwall mineral resources
Additional Keywords: mineral resources
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 18 Aug 2023 08:41 +0 (UTC)

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