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Going to waste? The potential impacts on nature conservation and cultural heritage from resource recovery on former mineral extraction sites in England and Wales

Sinnett, Danielle

Authors

Dr Danielle Sinnett Danielle.Sinnett@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Healthy Green Infrastructure



Abstract

Scarcity of mineral supplies globally means that there is an international effort to examine the potential to extract resources from mine wastes. Such sites are often perceived as degraded and of little value. However, many sites are protected for their ecological, geological or historical significance. This paper examines the scale of the association between these designations and former mineral extraction sites in England and Wales. Around 69,000 mines (44%) are co-located with some form of designation; ranging from 27% of sand and gravel quarries in Wales to 84% of metal mines in England. Some designations are coincidental to mining and may benefit from resource recovery combined with remediation activities, others exist due to previous mining activities and may be adversely affected. This creates a tension in the long-term management of former mineral extraction, which should be considered when assessing the potential for, and desirability of, resource recovery.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 7, 2019
Journal Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
Print ISSN 0964-0568
Electronic ISSN 1360-0559
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 62
Issue 7
Pages 1227-1248
APA6 Citation Sinnett, D. (2019). Going to waste? The potential impacts on nature conservation and cultural heritage from resource recovery on former mineral extraction sites in England and Wales. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 62(7), 1227-1248. https://doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2018.1490701
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2018.1490701
Keywords contaminated land, brownfield land, land reclamation, environmental planning, ecosystem services
Publisher URL http://doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2018.1490701
Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Environmental Planning and Management on 7th February 2019, available online: http://doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2018.1490701

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Environmental Planning and Management on 07 Feb 2019, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2018.1490701







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