Minerals Plan: Key Issues & Options

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

Responses

List of answers to the specified question
NameOptionTextDate
Stephen Woods - Cemex It is unclear the benefit of surface mining constraint areas as key environmental, social and economic issues should be considered similar to aggregate permissions.
Advice from the coal authority should be sought and protection and safeguarding of potential reserves should be undertaken with economically, environmentally and socially acceptable sites identified.
02 Aug 2010 13:32
Roger Caisley - Suon Ltd Careful consideration needs to be given to this issue, if the constraint area approach were to be adopted the criteria would need to be robust and defensible, one of the difficulties with the approach is that whilst the definition of such areas could assist in the assessment of the environmental acceptability of a proposal, that proposal if found wanting would then need to be considered against the second sequential test from MPG3 and the constraint area approach does not enable the potential benefits of a scheme to be taken into account. On balance it would seem that it would be preferable to rely on a criteria based policy . 12 Aug 2010 14:06
Rachael Bust - Coal Authority MPG3 advises that areas where coal working is unlikely to be acceptable should be
indicated in the development plan. This is not necessarily a requirement to illustrate such areas
through a designation or constraint area on a plan. A criterion based policy for coal or for the wider
protection of environmental and cultural assets from mineral extraction can satisfactorily address
the issues. Consequently The Coal Authority considers that the definition of surface mining
constraint areas are no longer justified or necessary as a plan designation and they represent an
inflexible planning tool which will duplicate other environmental and cultural designations and
considerations that are satisfactorily addressed in other policies both at the national and regional
levels already.
02 Aug 2010 14:43
Phil Garner - Confederation of Coal Suppliers CoalPro is of a view that MPG3, together with the criteria-based approach proposed at para 7.34 should provide protection to communities and the environment which is sufficient to make the identification of Opencast Constraint Areas unnecessary 02 Aug 2010 14:04
Andy Tickle - Friends of the Peak District we have balanced views on this issue. Whereas constraint mapping, if implemented appropriately, may be useful in steering minerals development to the least constrained location, the general presumption against coal extraction (usually open cast) that we suggest above would mean that any such development would be exceptional. In this case, such an approach may be a waste of resources. 30 Jul 2010 11:25