The RTPI has given its formal support to the UK Minerals Strategy.
The strategy was launched in July and highlights that UK demand for minerals and mineral products over the next 25 years will be at least 5 billion tonnes, most of which needs to be sourced from within the UK.
John Acres, RTPI President, said:
“This timely strategy recognises the critical role of land use planning in ensuring a steady and adequate supply of minerals, which are essential to realising the government’s ambitions for increased housing supply and infrastructure investment."
This timely strategy recognises the critical role of land use planning in ensuring a steady and adequate supply of minerals.
The Institute supports the call for proper resourcing within the sector to ensure that planners can develop mineral policies and plans, allocate sites for extraction, process applications and interface effectively with the environmental permitting regime.
It also welcomes the call for better data to support monitoring and the forecasting of need, and will continue to work collaboratively on the important issue of recruitment, training and retention in the planning sector.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has also issued its support for the UK Minerals Strategy.
Read the UK Minerals Strategy can be found here.