Minerals Plan: Key Issues & Options

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

Responses

List of answers to the specified question
NameOptionTextDate
Roger Caisley - Suon Ltd The principle set out is accepted but its implementation is problematic. From the operators point of view material for building stone is considerably more valuable than aggregate and operators will always seek to maximise the quantity which can be sold for building stone. In most building stone quarries the quality of the in situ material varies markedly and the proportion of suitable building quality material will vary with depth, location and time making any planning conditions or agreements difficult to formulate and monitor effectively. 12 Aug 2010 14:06
Planning - Cemex It may be necessary to control the primary use of a building stone operation as the material may be of national importance and preserved and efficiently utilised. 02 Aug 2010 13:32
Nigel Weedon - Longcliffe Quar… Confidential 14 Jun 2010 16:41
Martin Clayton - Geoplan (repr… The occurrence of building stone, as with all construction materials, is determined by the geology of the deposit. Within Derbyshire, building stone will generally be the principal product produced at building stone quarries, although 'other' materials may need to be worked in association with the building stone. In other parts of the country, building stone is often found interbedded with other materials that need to be removed in order to gain access to the building stone underneath. Sometimes significant quantities of 'other' materials require removal which mean that the building stone element might not be the 'principal' product if this is determined by reference to volume extracted. This should not, as a matter of principle, preclude working of the deposit, provided the 'other' materials extracted are used in a sustainable manner, either by contributing to the general aggregates market or for use in restoration of the site. 26 May 2010 13:25
Henry Folkard - British Mounta… The word "principal" must be defined if horrendous court battles are to be avoided. Does it include overburden or only host rock, what does it mean in relation to mineral mechanically associated with it. Is it a measure of weight or volume, before or after dressing, commercial value or profit. Can residue be taken off site and sold or must it be used for restoration on site. We understand "principal" to be the product exported from site, by comparison with all other disturbed material , none of which may be exported from site. 18 Aug 2010 14:24
Helen Fairfax - North East Der… As set out in the consultation document, quality building stone is a finite resource which generally coincides with areas of high landscape value. Often the justification for mineral workings in such areas is based upon the fact that the product will contribute to the preservation and enhancement of the wider built environment. To allow the workings to take place for the production of aggregate would be a waste of an important high quality and finite resource; and could not justify the impacts upon the landscape; particularly in view of the landbank of crushed rock that already exists in Derbyshire. 11 Aug 2010 11:04
Andy Tickle - Friends of the P… agree and this should be supported by end use legal agreement. It is inappropriate to permit extraction on the basis of a rationale focused on the need for a key high-end mineral and then let the target mineral be used to produce a ubiquitous product, such as low grade aggregate, which could have been supplied from an extant permitted reserve. This is tantamount to gaining a planning permission for pub, then turning it into another use without the need for a varied permission. 30 Jul 2010 11:25
Andrew Barton - Peak District… The PDNPA in its emerging Core Strategy will be looking to restrict future new building and roofing stone proposals to being only small-scale and restricted to meeting the heritage and conservation needs only of buildings within the National Park. The National Park Authority intends to secure this through suitable Planning Obligations as well as securing control of the use of the stone for building purposes and not aggregates. This will raise issues for neighbouring areas which may have secured their supply of building and roofing stone from the National Park in the past needing to secure supply from elsewhere instead. Consequently a policy that looks to protect building stone as a principal product from new workings in Derbyshire would help to meet future market need, taking account of cross-boundary issues with the National Park policy approach. 02 Aug 2010 11:57
Alan Morey - Chesterfield Boro… Yes, those quarries which are dedicated to building stone extraction should keep building stone as the principal product. Building Stone is a valuable product and its availability can sustain the conservation and repair of historic buildings and conservation areas, as well as supply stone for new development that aims for local distinctiveness. Extracting the stone for other purposes will mean the loss of a valuable commodity. 02 Aug 2010 14:29
Miss Plackett - English Herita… While it may be desirable to stipulate that building stone from new workings should be the principal product, there are a number of issues that need to be taken into account. It is important that supplies of building and roofing stone are not utilised for other purposes. However, the policy should not be too restrictive, as there is the issue of economic viability; the approach taken with regard to a specific quarry will depend on the quality of the deposit, especially if it is variable, in which case, it might be appropriate to allow lower grade stone (or by-products) to be used for other purposes. This is recognised in Annex 3 of MPS 1, which states that MPAs and LPAs should take account of: 'the fact that in some cases the viability of a small quarry as a source of building or roofing stone may depend on the sale of by-products arising from the extraction and processing of building and roofing stone'. However, we recognise that the working of specific sites would require careful monitoring, especially where the sale of lower grade stone or by-products is permitted. 02 Aug 2010 13:59
Karen Miller - National Trust There will need to be a carefully worded policy here as whilst the intent is all important it is also the case that the quality of the reserve is often not guaranteed prior to extraction. For example, recent experience at the quarry at Hardwick Hall is that the reserve is less good than anticipated with a consequent need for a higher level of extraction in order to secure stone of adequate quality for conservation work, and a consequent increase in the amount of waste material. 10 Aug 2010 16:10