Minerals Plan: Key Issues & Options

Derby & Derbyshire Minerals Core Strategy: Key Issues & Options Questionnaire


List of answers to the specified question
Karen Miller - National Trust In the absence of better knowledge of the areas of possible interest (including quality of the resource/efficiency of exploitation etc) it is not considered possible to identify specific areas of search or detailed allocations.

The environmental constraints will need to include the impacts upon residential amenity, biodiversity, heritage assets and landscape character - both during the extraction process and following restoration. There are potentially some significant heritage issues, including the impacts upon the wider setting and visitor experience associated with major heritage based tourism assets in the plan area.
10 Aug 2010 16:10
Mr Bowen - South Derbyshire District Council Historically, much of the district has been blighted by coal extraction, however mining has also contributed economically to the area. The potential for further coal mining within the South Derbyshire remains; in light of this the need for a criteria-based policy approach, which is consistent with MPG3 to managing proposals, is accepted. 12 Aug 2010 14:43
Alan Morey - Chesterfield Borough Council Yes a criteria based policy is appropriate. This is because it is the type of policy best able to address the requirements of MPG3 which states:

'...it is not for the planning system to seek to set limits on or targets for any particular source or level of energy supply; nor to predetermine the appropriate levels of coal to be produced by underground or opencast mining. It is for individual operators to determine the level of output they wish to aim for in the light of market conditions, and for MPAs to determine the acceptability of individual projects in accordance with the principles of the land use planning system...' (para 4, MPG3).
02 Aug 2010 14:29
Andy Tickle - Friends of the Peak District we are concerned that there appears to be an overall acceptance of a potential increase in demand for coal and believe this does not sit well with para. 9 of the Vision for Minerals Development (p.28) nor Objective I of the plan. The use of high carbon fuels such as coal must be constrained if we are to meet demanding national and international targets to help mitigate the impacts of climate change. We think this is a cross-cutting issue that must be addressed by this plan and its policies. In our view, this adds a further - and more stringent - presumption against coal extraction, in addition to that currently extant in national guidance (MPG3). In relation to question a) a criteria based policy is probably the best way forward but should be amended to state a presumption against on climate change grounds 30 Jul 2010 11:25
David Bolton - UK Coal Surface Mines Restoration Ltd. We believe that a criteria based policy approach can provide sufficient direction to industry for future coal extraction without the need for identifying specific sites. 12 Aug 2010 15:41
Helen Fairfax - North East Derbyshire District Council The criteria based policy approach along with the identification of the general extent of the coalfield and areas of constraint is the most appropriate approach. It continues the approach taken in the Minerals Local Plan which provides clarity at the strategic and local level. This approach recognises that the extraction of coal is market-led and is sufficiently flexible to deal with changing needs over the next 20 years. 11 Aug 2010 11:04
Phil Garner - Confederation of Coal Suppliers CoalPro supports the approach set out 02 Aug 2010 14:04
Phil Jones Use of measurable criteria will make for more sound decisions that are auditable. 16 May 2010 23:04
Rachael Bust - Coal Authority The Coal Authority considers that the best method of identifying future areas for
potential surface coal extraction is through the identification of the overall geological surface coal
resource area, supplemented by a criteria based policy against which to determine applications.
Given the likely change to future demand for coal resources due to the ever-changing energy
market it is difficult to define areas of search at any point in time which will allow the flexibility that
is likely to be needed over the plan period. Therefore the approach being suggested by the Core
Strategy would appear to be the most logical based upon national policy in MPG3
02 Aug 2010 14:43
Roger Caisley - Suon Ltd The lack of detailed knowledge of coal resources and the economics of their working which fluctuate over time means that it is unrealistic to identify specific sites and a more practical approach would be to develop a criteria based policy (conforming with national policy) 12 Aug 2010 14:06
Stephen Woods - Cemex Again a criteria based policy would be appropriate. With regard to constraint these should be included on the proposals map so it is clearly identified what issues should be considered and then determine if they could be mitigated. Constraints should include, flooding, SSSI, SPA, SAC, Ramsar etc. It should be clarified if constraints mean presumption against development as this would not be an appropriate policy approach. 02 Aug 2010 13:32