Mineral Planning Authorities are local authorities with responsibilities for planning control over mineral working. The Authorities plan for the sites needed and the volumes of minerals required for future needs. They also need to provide for progressive development to minimise any environmental damage caused and to secure restoration and beneficial after uses for the sites involved. In addition they act as waste planning authorities.
Hereford & Worcester County Council (1974 – 1998) were the Mineral Planning Authority for Herefordshire & Worcestershire before Herefordshire Council became a unitary authority, taking the responsibilities of mineral and waste planning management for Herefordshire.
Minerals are defined in S.336 of the 1990 Town and Country Planning Act as including:-
"minerals and substances in or under land of a kind ordinarily worked for removal underground or surface working, except that it does not include peat cut for purposes other than sale"
All Ordnance Survey maps listed in the descriptions are from the National Grid Series.