Digging the backyard : mining and quarrying in the UK and their impact on future land use

Bloodworth, Andrew; Scott, P.W.; McEvoy, Fiona. 2009 Digging the backyard : mining and quarrying in the UK and their impact on future land use. Land Use Policy, 26S. S317-S325.

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The future demand for land for mining and quarrying will be affected by a large number of economic, technological, environmental and social issues within the UK. Global developments also have a role to play. Although mining and quarrying account for only 0.9 per cent of the land area of England, the impact of this activity is considerable. Minerals are essential to the economy, for energy, construction, infrastructure and manufacturing, while their extraction has effects on the environment and on public perception. This paper examines current scientific understanding of the context of mining and quarrying, with particular reference to its impact on land use, along with the spatial relationship between minerals – which can only be worked where they occur – and other forms of land use and designation in the ‘post-industrial’ landscape of Britain. Looking out to 2060 and beyond, developments which may influence demand for minerals include climate change mitigation and adaptation; energy, food and raw material security; and new construction, manufacturing, recycling and re-use technologies. Factors influencing the supply side include the structure and ownership of the mining and quarrying industry, new extraction, processing and environmental technologies, ecosystem service provision, societal attitudes and land access. Although prediction carries a high level of uncertainty, continuous development of the regulatory framework is, and will remain, a major and pervasive factor in the relationship between mining and quarrying and land use.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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Programmes: BGS Programmes 2009 > Minerals and waste
ISSN: 0264-8377
Date made live: 15 Apr 2010 09:08 +0 (UTC)

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