The National Park Authority assumed responsibility for minerals and waste planning in 1996.
The National Park is well endowed with mineral resources such as slate, hard rock and a variety of metals, including gold. However, demand for these resources needs to be balanced against the need to protect Snowdonia from mining and quarrying operations that would cause long-term harm to the landscape character and environment of the National Park. To this end planning policy reflects national guidance which states that proposals for mineral extraction in National Parks should be subject to rigorous examination.
Sustainable development is only possible if resources and materials are used wisely. Reducing the amount of waste going to landfill by re-using, recycling and recovering materials and energy all help to achieve this. The National Park Authority has contributed to the production of the North Wales Regional Waste Plan which sets out a blueprint for developing a network of facilities in order to ensure sustainable waste management the region.
Regional Waste Plan
In the past Wales has relied on landfill for the disposal of its waste from households, commerce and industry. Much of this waste is capable of being re-used, recycled, composted or treated to recover valuable materials and energy. There are statutory targets in place at EU, UK and Welsh Assembly Government level that require all local authorities to divert increasing amounts of waste from landfill. In order to divert this waste from landfill we will need a number of new facilities across the North Wales region.
The first review of the 2004 Regional Waste Plans is currently underway. This review will give everyone the chance to become involved in decisions regarding the waste technology options that are viable and the identification of suitable locations to site them.