Minerals Plan: Key Issues & Options

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


List of answers to the specified question
Alan Morey - Chesterfield Boro… The vision appears to include all the elements necessary to the long-term and sustainable management and planning of minerals extraction in the county, such as the balancing of environment and economic benefits, transport impacts, proper restoration, etc. 02 Aug 2010 14:29
Andrew Barton - Peak District… The PDNPA welcomes and supports one of the components of the proposed vision for the Minerals Core Strategy, namely the recognition that the Derby and Derbyshire Core Strategy will assist in achieving the progressive reduction of minerals won in the Peak District National Park. This will aid the implementation of the overall strategy and aims of Policy 37 of the East Midlands Regional Plan and will ensure cross-boundary correlation with the emerging Peak District National Park Core Strategy. Care will need to be taken to ensure that this element of the vision is not undermined by the desire in the vision to see the potential reduction in aggregates landbank within Derbyshire. Such a reduction could result in an unexpected consequence of increasing pressure to release other new or extended sites within Derbyshire or surrounding areas including the Peak District if not properly managed. 02 Aug 2010 11:57
Christopher Hedland Given that areas which have been exploited by quarrying and mining take many decades even to approach recovery, it is my view that the minerals plan currently available for public viewing should impose a great deal more restraint on these activities than has been evident in recent years. I speak in particular about the quarrying on part or the Manners Estate near Bakewell, and what is now a veritable moonscape near the outskirts of Buxton. It is not genuinely possible to reconcile two diametrically opposed concepts: the preservation of the Derbyshire landscape and its exploitation for financial ends. The true and lasting wealth of Derbyshire lies in its landscape, both natural and agricultural. I would ask you please to consider this in your plans. 30 Jul 2010 13:10
Deleted User Surely the primary aim of the plan is to maintain an appropriate supply of minerals
in such a way that minimises its impact on the environment and communities,
while recognising the economic benefits this industry brings to the area. It is
suggested that the first bullet point should be reworded as:
'The plan will have ensured that there is an adequate supply of minerals,
recognising the economic benefits to be gained from mineral extraction in Derby
and Derbyshire, while its impact on the environment and communities will have
been minimised.'
4. As indicated above, the historic legacy of the minerals industry can be part of the
regeneration of an area, providing visitor attractions.

11. There is also a need for proposals to have regard to heritage assets. The
following change is recommended:
'...ensuring that proposals have regard to existing landscape character and the need
to protect wildlife and enhance biodiversity and to conserve heritage assets.'
02 Aug 2010 13:59
Deleted User With reference to the draft Spatial Vision, the HA welcomes point 10 of the spatial vision for mineral development, which states that:
'Minerals will be transported more sustainably, the adverse environmental effects of their transportation will have been minimised, including the effects of moving minerals long distances, the effects on communities, and opportunities will have been taken to achieve a modal shift in their transportation'.

Such an approach will work to minimise potential impacts on the highway network and help to maintain the function and capacity of the SRN.
02 Aug 2010 14:32
Deleted User 1. The use of the word 'balance' is a difficult one in the context of PPS1 and the overall approach to sustainable development which seeks to secure an integrated approach whereby economic, social and environmental objectives are achieved together over time, rather than a trade off between one set of objectives and another. The final wording will need careful consideration to ensure that sustainable development is pursued.

2. There will be other participants, including environmental organisations, who will have a role to play alongside planning authorities, the minerals industry and communities

4. As with 1 this area will also need to ensure that an integrated approach to sustainable development is achieved.

8. This is quite limited in terms of its environmental (and social) aspirations - there will be circumstances where environmental enhancement can be achieved (for example, through schemes that involve the relinquishment of environmentally damaging mineral extraction rights in exchange for an acceptable new permission)
10 Aug 2010 16:10
Geoff Mason Para 10. BW welcomes the aim of transporting minerals more sustainably, and would comment that whilst the scope for transporting freight on waterways may be limited ue to the size of the navigations and the available navigation routes, where it is appropriate to move freight by water this option should not be disregarded. Transport Assessments submitted with new development proposals should consider and make reference to transportation of materials (e.g. minerals and spoil) by water.
Para 11. BW supports the intention to make effective restoration and productive after-use an integral consideration in site selection. Where minerals sites are adjacent to canal corridors, we would wish to see careful consideration of restoration to ensure that the overall character of the canal corridor is enhanced and wildlife and biodiversity are also protected and enhanced. There may be opportunities for redundant mineral workings to provide moorings, marinas and recreation facilities as part of restoration programmes.
Para 12. BW supports the intention to develop restoration strategies for areas subject to long term cumulative impact of quarrying, such as the Trent Valley. Such strategies should have regard to the waterway environment where appropriate and consider how to protect and enhance the character of this environment in formulating restoration proposals.
02 Aug 2010 13:00
Henry Folkard - British Mounta… Economic vision, community amenity and new job creation on the back of restoration strategies. 18 Aug 2010 14:24
Ms Thorpe - Environment Agency Former sand and gravel pits can potentially reduce downstream flooding. Although the groundwater level is already high around sand and gravel pit locations, a suitably designed scheme can provide some flood storage. This should be recognised within the vision. 02 Aug 2010 14:35
Phil Jones Reserves of minerals, no matter how large they seem at present, will eventually be depleted, just look at north sea oil. The export of minerals should be avoided where at all possible and they should only be used for domestic demand to put off the day when more extraction beyond current reserves becomes a necessity. 16 May 2010 23:04
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