Quarry Products Association of Northern Ireland
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  The Strategic Planning Policy Statement for Northern Ireland states “ Minerals, including valuable minerals, are an important natural resource and their responsible exploitation is supported by Government. The minerals industry makes an essential contribution to the economy and to our quality of life, providing primary minerals for construction, such as sand, gravel and crushed rock, and other uses, and is also a valued provider of jobs and employment, particularly in rural areas”.

Mineral products are among the very essentials of life - as important to us in their own way as the food from our farms. Mineral products give us places to live, places to work, places to play and much more. They literally underpin our society.

The mineral products industry does, however, have environmental implications. Recognising this, the Northern Ireland industry aims to adopt a responsible approach to its work and a considerate attitude to its neighbours.

It is easy to regard a quarry as a hole in the ground. It takes a bit more imagination to appreciate that many of the good things of life come out of that hole.


Minerals Mapping

Click to view and download the Department for Infrastructure Strategic Planning Policy Statement (SPPS)

Click here to read the QPANI submission to the Minerals Section of the SPPS Consultation

Use the following link to view and download the:

Department for the Economy (NI) Minerals Information Paper

To view the QPANI Submissions to the 11 local Council preferred Options Papers click

Find the Local Council Minerals Information booklets produced by MPANI


Minerals Mapping and Safeguarding Future Mineral Reserves

The Department of the Environment, the British Geological Survey and its counterpart the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland have produced a Mineral Resources Map of Northern Ireland. The map is intended to assist strategic decision-making in respect of mineral extraction and the protection of important mineral resources against sterilisation.

Six digitally generated maps at a scale of 1:100 000 scale are now available:


To view the MPA Quarries and Nature Zone click https://mineralproducts.org/quarries_and_nature_zone.htm

To view the MPA Sustainability microsite click https://mineralproducts.org/sustainability/

To view the Nature After Minerals ( NAM ) Site click https://afterminerals.com/


What is the Aggregates Levy?

A levy of £2.00 per tonne applies to sand, gravel and rock subject to commercial exploitation in the UK; this is referred to as the Aggregates Levy. In Northern Ireland, sites registered to the Aggregates Levy Credit Scheme can claim 80% relief from the full rate of the levy.

Link to HMRC:

Revenue and Customs Brief 5 (2015): Aggregates Levy tax credits in Northern Ireland.

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QPANI Regional Director presents a copy of the ALCS Report to Minister for Finance and Personnel Sammy Wilson MP, MLA.
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