Somerset County Council

Apply for planning permission for a minerals development


Apply for planning permission for mineral related developments, such as mineral extraction and ancillary works, quarries, peat workings and processing plants within Somerset.  We also monitor the sites regularly and take enforcement action when appropriate.

Who can use it?
Anyone can submit a planning application, however due to the complexity of the information required to be submitted with a mineral related planning application we recommend that a planning agent is used to submit mineral applications. 

How do I use it?
Mineral planning applications are not included in the National Planning Application set of forms (1APP), however, you can submit an application relating to mineral developments by using the online application forms available on the Somerset Planning Portal, or by downloading the Mineral Planning Application Form for submission by post. Guidance on completing a Mineral Planning Application is also given in the Notes For Users which can be found in the Information and Resources section.

We encourage you to read our Planning Control Pre-application Advice Protocol before submitting an application. The Protocol sets out the benefits of seeking pre-application advice, what you can expect from us during the process, and what we expect from you. This can also be found in the Information and Resources section of this page. Please contact us to discuss your proposals before submitting an application by phoning us or by completing the online form.

Applications must be accompanied by:

  • a completed certificate under Section 65 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 with their application 

and if the owner of the land (or any part of the land) included in the application are not known:

  • a notice under Article 11 of the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) Order 2010 may also be required. This notice must be published in a local newspaper circulating in the locality in which the application is situated. 

What happens next?
When we receive a valid planning application we will write to you acknowledging receipt and will inform you of:

  • the application reference number 
  • the name of the officer dealing with your application 
  • the anticipated date when we expect to take the application to the Regulation Committee for determination  

What is covered?
Mineral developments include:

  • Extraction of minerals (Quarrying) 
  • Extraction of Peat 
  • Erection/Installation of plant, machinery and buildings ancillary to mineral operations. 
  • Review of Mineral Permission (ROMP) applications  

How long does it take?
We will endeavour to determine mineral applications within 13 weeks of receipt of a valid application, unless a Planning Performance Agreement is in place which may set a different timescale for determination. 

How much does it cost?
Planning fees are set by Central Government. The fee payable depends on the nature and size of the development. Please refer to the Schedule of Planning Fees in the Information and Resources section.  

The 'Code of Planning Practice' provides a clear statement of expectation of conduct and procedures to be followed, so that decisions are made and can be seen to have been made in a proper manner. 

Please read the following documents before submitting a planning application:

• Planning Control Pre-application advice protocol
• Monitoring of Mineral and Waste Planning Permissions Site Monitoring Leaflet

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