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Fermanagh Area Plan 2007
Economy: M3 Magnesian Limestone

M3 Magnesian Limestone
In consideration of proposals to exploit magnesian limestone in the Lough Macnean valley the Department will have regard to the special agricultural benefits available from the mineral.
While the Lough Macnean valley has been identified as an Area of Constraint on Mineral Developments deposits of Magnesian Limestone (Dolomite) are present, a mineral which can be used as a specialist animal feed additive and much of which is presently imported into Northern Ireland. Policy MIN4 of the Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland currently indicates that there will not be a presumption against applications to exploit minerals limited in occurrence or with some uncommon or valuable property. Magnesian limestone, because of its specialist agricultural use, falls into this category. Proposals for its extraction will therefore be considered on their specific merits and particular attention will be given to the effect of the extraction on flora, fauna and landscape on and around the site.
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