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Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland
Regional Planning Policies: Policy MIN 4 Valuable Minerals

Policy MIN 4 Valuable Minerals
Applications to exploit minerals, limited in occurrence and with some uncommon or valuable property, will be considered on their merits.
From time to time minerals may be discovered which are particularly valuable to the economy. Oil, gas and lignite are examples. Exploitation may create environmental effects which are particular to the methods of extraction or treatment of that mineral. There will not be a presumption against their exploitation in any area. In considering a proposal where the site is within a statutory policy area due weight will be given to the reason for the statutory zoning.
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