This report is one of a series prepared by the British Geological Survey for various\ud administrative areas in England for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister’s research project\ud Mineral Resource Information in Support of National, Regional and Local Planning.\ud The accompanying map relates to Merseyside, comprising City of Liverpool and Boroughs of\ud Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral, and delineates the mineral resources of current, or\ud potential, economic interest in the area and the sites where minerals are or have been worked. It\ud also relates these to national planning designations, which may represent constraints on the\ud extraction of minerals.\ud Three major elements of information are presented:\ud • the geological distribution and importance of mineral resources\ud • the extent of mineral planning permissions and the location of current mineral workings\ud • the extent of selected, nationally-designated planning constraints.\ud This wide range of information, much of which is scattered and not always available in a\ud consistent and convenient form, is presented on a digitally-generated summary map on the scale\ud of 1:100 000. This scale is convenient for the overall display of the data and allows for a legible\ud topographic base on which to depict the information. However, all the data are held digitally at\ud larger scales using a Geographical Information System (GIS), which allows easy revision,\ud updating and customisation of the information together with its possible integration with other\ud datasets. The information will form part of a Summary of the Mineral Resources of the North\ud West Region.\ud The purpose of the work is to assist all interested parties involved in the preparation and review\ud of development plans, both in relation to the extraction of minerals and the protection of mineral\ud resources from sterilisation. It provides a knowledge base, in a consistent format, on the nature\ud and extent of mineral resources and the environmental constraints, which may affect their\ud extraction. An important objective is to provide baseline data for the long term. The results may\ud also provide a starting point for discussions on specific planning proposals for mineral extraction\ud or on proposals, which may sterilise resources.\ud It is anticipated that the maps and report will also provide valuable background data for a much\ud wider audience, including the different sectors of the minerals industry, other agencies and\ud authorities (e.g. The Planning Inspectorate Agency, the Environment Agency, the Countryside\ud Agency and English Nature), environmental interests and the general public.\ud Basic mineral resource information is essential to support mineral exploration and development\ud activities, for resource management and land-use planning, and to establish baseline data for\ud environmental impact studies and environmental guidelines. It also enables a more sustainable\ud pattern and standard of development to be achieved by valuing mineral resources as national\ud assets.\ud The mineral resources covered are sand and gravel, brick clay, silica sand, building stone, peat,\ud coal, and hydrocarbons
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