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Class K – use of land etc for mineral exploration

 

mineral explorationWe will not be expanding upon Class K which is for the use of land for mineral exploration subject to notification to the mineral planning authority, within Planning Geek at this time.

The legislation can be found below. If you need the guidance of Planning Geek in the process for Class K, please contact us for any assistance or book a Zoom call today.

 

 

Legislation

 

Class K – use of land etc for mineral exploration

Permitted development

K. Development on any land consisting of—

(a) the drilling of boreholes;

(b) the carrying out of seismic surveys; or

(c) the making of other excavations,

for the purposes of mineral exploration, and the provision or assembly on that land or on adjoining land of any structure required in connection with any of those operations.

Development not permitted

K.1 Development is not permitted by Class K if—

(a) it consists of the drilling of boreholes for petroleum exploration;

(b) the developer has not previously notified the mineral planning authority in writing of its intention to carry out the development (specifying the nature and location of the development);

(c) the relevant period has not elapsed;

(d) any explosive charge of more than 2 kilograms would be used;

(e) any excavation referred to in Class K(c) would exceed 10 metres in depth or 12 square metres in surface area; or

(f) any structure assembled or provided would exceed 15 metres in height.

Conditions

K.2 Development is permitted by Class K subject to the following conditions—

(a) the development is carried out in accordance with the details in the notification referred to in paragraph K.1(b), unless the mineral planning authority have otherwise agreed in writing;

(b) no trees on the land are removed, felled, lopped or topped and no other thing is done on the land likely to harm or damage any trees, unless specified in detail in the notification referred to in paragraph K.1(b) or the mineral planning authority have otherwise agreed in writing;

(c) before any excavation other than a borehole is made, any topsoil and any subsoil is separately removed from the land to be excavated and stored separately from other excavated material and from each other;

(d) within a period of 28 days from operations ceasing, unless the mineral planning authority have agreed otherwise in writing—
(i) any structure permitted by Class K and any waste material arising from other development so permitted is removed from the land;
(ii) any borehole is adequately sealed;
(iii) any other excavation is filled with material from the site;
(iv) the surface of the land is levelled and any topsoil replaced as the uppermost layer, and (v) the land is, so far as is practicable, restored to its condition before the development took place, including the carrying out of any necessary seeding and replanting, and

(e) the development ceases no later than a date 6 months after the elapse of the relevant period, unless the mineral planning authority have otherwise agreed in writing.

Interpretation of Class K

K.3 For the purposes of Class K, “relevant period” means the period elapsing—

(a) where a direction is not issued under article 5, 28 days after the notification referred to in paragraph K.1(b) or, if earlier, on the date on which the mineral planning authority notify the developer in writing that they will not issue such a direction, or

(b) where a direction is issued under article 5, 28 days from the date on which notice of that decision is sent to the Secretary of State, or, if earlier, the date on which the mineral planning authority notify the developer that the Secretary of State has disallowed the direction.

Mineral Exploration Page Updated: 16th August 2023

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