Minerals Plan: Key Issues & Options

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


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Alan Morey - Chesterfield Boro… While there are unlikely to be any direct impacts on the borough as a result of changes to vein mineral mining, it is possible, due to the borough's role in manufacturing, that there is an issue over Fluorspar supply. While Derbyshire County Council recognise the national importance of this mineral (para 7.48) they do not identify where a shortage or high costs would have an impact. Investigating this issue in more detail, i.e. identifying what areas or companies might be impacted, would be of use. Chesterfield is a sub-regional centre with a strong manufacturing base and there is the question over the role of Fluorpsar for the borough's local businesses and suppliers. 02 Aug 2010 14:29
Andrew Barton - Peak District… The PDNPA agrees that the Core Strategy should set out a positive framework for the development of vein working because of the relative scarcity of some of these vein minerals such as fluorspar in the UK, and the economic importance of such minerals to the UK chemical industry. A positive framework in Derbyshire could also help to relieve the pressure within the National Park for such working, particularly given the view of the emerging PDNPA Core Strategy which identifies that the locations in the National Park where surface vein mineral working is likely to be environmentally acceptable are now largely exhausted and that future working will need to move to being from underground sources.

The PDNPA does not however accept the contention set out in paragraph 7.49 that a 'national need' for fluorspar exists, as no such intimation is set out in national minerals planning policy in MPS1 or any other document. Inclusion of such wording is unhelpful and illustrates the wrong perception in our view to the public.
02 Aug 2010 11:57
Andy Tickle - Friends of the P… We have no over-riding objection to including a policy similar to MP33 on vein minerals. If a realisable reserve of vein minerals were to be found that met those criteria, it could also assist in reducing the impact of similar activities in the PDNP. 30 Jul 2010 11:25
Clint White - Glebe Mines Firstly, it is important to explain that Glebe Mines Ltd are a major rural employer in the Peak District National Park currently employing around 65-70 direct employees and are a significant contributor to the local economy. Our primary business is the production of fluorspar that is the main feedstock into the chemicals industry. We also produce other important mineral by-products such as barytes, aggregates and lead that are inextricably mixed with, and are secondary to the fluorspar. The company, in its various guises, has been supplying fluorspar now for over 70 years using crude ores from its open pit and underground mines located both inside and outside the National Park.

We have in recent times come under increasing pressure from the Peak District National Park Authority to source our crude ores from alternative sites outside the National Park. Clearly the largest constraint to doing that is the geological control on the mineralization meaning that unfortunately we can only extract the minerals where they occur. The majority of vein mineralization is located within the National Park boundary but there are significant sites outside the Park that are currently, and will become, very important to Glebe to ensure continuity of operation. Therefore it is vital that there is a planning framework that allows for the continued use of, and development of new vein mineral sites especially in view of the Authority's aim of reducing the impacts of open pit working in the National Park. For this primary reason we feel that it is important that the County Council include a policy for the development of vein working in its Minerals Core Strategy.

Without access to new resources of fluorspar that can gain the benefit of planning consent and then be developed our business would be forced to close. On this basis we would also like to discuss further the inclusion of specific sites in the Strategy document.
30 Jul 2010 14:41
Deleted User Minerals that can be mined as opposed to quarried in the Peak Park area should be encouraged, to offset the Peak Park reduction targets. 21 Jun 2010 12:54
Nigel Weedon - Longcliffe Quar… Confidential 14 Jun 2010 16:41
Phil Jones Vein mineral extraction should not be the excuse for general aggregate extraction. The minimum of stone should be quarried to reach the mineral. 16 May 2010 23:04
Planning - Cemex Concern is raised with regard to flooding the limestone market. 02 Aug 2010 13:32