Abbey Farm, Kent
We were commissioned to produce a Mineral Resource Assessment (MRA) in support of a proposed residential development on land at Tovil in Kent.
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Alan Firmin Ltd
Tovil, Maidstone, Kent
- Mineral Resources Assessment
The proposed development potentially impacted the valuable safeguarded Limestone Hythe formation (Kentish Ragstone) which is the only type of crushed rock exploited commercially in Kent.
The MRA therefore provided a resource assessment that defined the extent and value of mineral resources present on the site, principally in relation to designated Mineral Safeguarding Areas defined by the local mineral planning authority. We then evaluated the mineral resource against the mineral planning policy for the Assessment Site, with the scope for mineral extraction prior to permanent development also taken into consideration. To minimise the cost to the client, we tailored the scope and approach of the MRA in accordance with site setting and the sensitivities of the development.
We successfully justified that there was sufficient evidence to demonstrate that the proposed development would not result in unnecessary sterilization of an economically viable and workable mineral deposit. The site has been allocated in the draft local plan with no specific obligation identified with respects to minerals.