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POLICY MIN 5 - PREFERRED ORDER OF RELEASE OF RESERVES

IN ASSESSING THE NEED FOR NEW RELEASES OF MINERALS, THE EXTENSION OF EXISTING SITES WITH PLANNING PERMISSION WILL BE FAVOURED TO THE OPENING OF NEW SITES, AND THE DEEPENING OF EXISTING SITES WITH PLANNING PERMISSION WILL BE FAVOURED TO THE LATERAL EXTENSION OF SUCH SITES, WHERE THE ADOPTION OF SUCH AN APPROACH WOULD NOT CREATE UNACCEPTABLE DETRIMENT TO THE ENVIRONMENT, SURFACE WATERS OR GROUNDWATER RESOURCES. 

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