Towards a Minerals Local Plan for Derbyshire and Derby - Hard Rock Sites Consultation

In 2015 and 2016, the Councils carried out extensive consultation in the form of a series of papers, which sought to develop the emerging vision and objectives, strategies and policies of the new Minerals Local Plan. This Consultation incorporated the development of strategies for the provision of hard rock minerals e.g. limestone, sandstone and gritstone, including whether to opt for the identification (allocation) of specific sites to ensure future supply. It also included a Site Assessment Methodology that would be used to assess sites for their suitablility to be allocated. If the identification of sites is considered the best option for ensuring supply, the Draft Plan will allocate suitable sites to commence working during the Plan period to 2030.

We are grateful to those that have made comments and suggestions, which we are taking into account in preparing the Draft Minerals Local Plan to be published for comment next year. To assist further with this, we are now publishing a number of additional papers relating to specific sites that have been suggested for inclusion in the Plan. The proposed sites are an extension to Whitwell Quarry, an extension to Ashwood Dale Quarry, an extension to Brassington Moor Quarry, an extension to Mouselow Quarry and a new quarry for building stone at Bent Lane, Darley Dale (known as New Parish Quarry).  We have also published a revised Site Assessment Methodology that we have used to carry out an initial assessment of these sites and a revised Strategy Paper for Building Stone.  You can click on this link to the recent Rolling Consultation to read any of the strategy and supporting papers that were consulted upon at this stage.

You can email  comments to or send them by post to the Development Plans Team, Planning Services, Shand House, Dale Road South, Matlock, DE4 3RY.  All your comments and suggestions will be used to inform the draft Plan, on which we will seek your views in Summer 2017, before it is published and then examined by an independent inspector next year.

When adopted, the Minerals Local Plan will provide the main policy guidance for assessing planning applications for minerals developments in Derbyshire and Derby.

This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    1 Dec 2016 at 00:00
  • Closed
    28 Feb 2017 at 23:59
  • Response to be published