Minerals Plan: Key Issues & Options

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


List of answers to the specified question
Tom French - Derbyshire County Council A long term strategy for restoration of the Trent valley has been discussed for a long time, and should be supported. However, as the MDF is a spatial strategy, shouldn’t it (perhaps in later stages such as the site allocation DPD) also take a strategic approach to working in the valley – looking to ‘add value’ to existing working, working towards a vision including interconnected sites of high value for biodiversity, landscape, amenity uses, green/blue infrastructure etc? Could our MDF, for example, identify how minerals working can contribute to the delivery of accessible GI, in the context of predicted population growth within the 6Cs area/three cities region? Can we promote a strategic vision in relation to providing robust, interconnected habitats that facilitate species migration, climate change adaptation/mitigation etc? 18 Aug 2010 15:00
John Bradshaw - Tarmac Restoration schemes for the different sites will be directed by the characteristics of each site and should be treated on their own merits. There will always be other factors that inevitably come into play that will present opportunities for a consistent strategy for restoration such as local biodiversity targets. 13 Aug 2010 14:46
Laura Storey - Willington Parish Council Long term strategy with a higher weighted factor to take into account local circumstances. 12 Aug 2010 15:45
Mr Bowen - South Derbyshire District Council Request that for all sites a presumption in favour of dry after uses wherever possible and that any document be prepared in consultation with this Authority 12 Aug 2010 14:43
Charles Butt - Nature After Minerals Long-term restoration strategies give certainty to mineral operators and landowners about the standard and length of aftercare and management required, certainty to local communities about the future vision of a site or area, and arguably most importantly, facilitates a joined-up approach to nature conservation, protecting the best areas for wildlife and enhancing or recreating habitat where the biggest opportunities lie. BAP habitats that should be a target for restoration in this area include, reedbed, lowland fens, wet grassland and lowland meadows, taking into consideration landscape context, allowing for the prevailing hydrological conditions and availability of inert fill.
Focussing on a large strategic area like the Trent Valley, rather than developing restoration schemes on a site-by-site basis also facilitates a co-ordinated approach to long-term management by conservation bodies and reduces associated costs of site management due to economies of scale. Furthermore larger areas of high quality priority habitat can support a greater number and variety of species than smaller, geographically isolated sites.
Cambridgeshire County Council has taken this approach with the Block Fen (Earith/Mepal) strategic area, which aims to achieve the following benefits:
- immense contribution to local and national BAP targets through the creation of 460ha of wet grassland habitat, which will compensate for predicted habitat loss on the adjacent Ouse Washes SPA as a result of inundation
- habitat creation and water management will contribute to sustainable flood risk management for the whole area
- provision of green infrastructure and recreational opportunities including a visitor centre for the local community
- secure sustainable management of soils into the future
- co-ordinated approach to traffic management resulting in sustainable transport in the region
- continued supply of sand and gravel to assist delivery of growth, creating jobs and infrastructure such as schools and hospitals
11 Aug 2010 09:33
Karen Miller - National Trust The benefits of a long term plan are recognised in providing a more comprehensive approach to landscape management and trying to prevent the issues that have arisen in the past. However, such an approach is dependent upon consideration of the extent of likely extensions to existing workings and the granting of permissions for new workings. It is therefore important that any such landscape wide approach follows on from, and is led by, better knowledge than currently available about where sand and gravel will be sourced from in the future. 10 Aug 2010 16:10
Jenna Conway - Tarmac A strategic approach to restoration within the Trent Valley will be helpful, this could expand upon the current initiatives of landscape and biodiversity management along the Trent Valley, for example On Trent. Lafarge played a lead role in the formation of the Central Rivers initiative in neighbouring Staffordshire, and consider that a similar approach should be adopted. It should be clear that the aim is to coordinate the restoration across all objectives and land uses. If not set out properly, there is a risk that one objective becomes too dominant. 02 Aug 2010 14:59
Ms Thorpe - Environment Agency Objective K

We welcome the consideration of restoration programmes within the wider surrounding landscape of the river corridor. We would recommend that option 1 is taken forward into the next version of the Core Strategy for the following reasons.

A comprehensive long term landscape strategy would help towards creating an integrated network of green infrastructure, which would help increase biodiversity levels. Any strategy should be produced in co-ordination with the district councils so that the strategy links in with wider green infrastructure networks. There could also be benefits in terms of reducing the level of flood risk faced in downstream areas through such a landscape strategy.

Should option 1 be taken forward the Environment Agency would wish to be involved in the production of the landscape strategy to ensure biodiversity and flood risk reduction benefits are maximised.
02 Aug 2010 14:35
Miss Plackett - English Heritage - East Midlands Region We would support a comprehensive long term landscape strategy (Option 1), including consideration of after-uses, based on an understanding of current and historic landscape character; thus, it might include, where appropriate, the restoration of historic landscapes as well as identifying, as proposed in paragraph 7.94, areas that should 'be protected from sand and gravel extraction, as a result of their historic cultural or environmental importance'. This should include consideration of the setting of heritage assets as set out in PPS 5 e.g. Policy HE10; indeed HE10.2 states that 'LPAs should identify opportunities for changes in the setting to enhance or better reveal the significance of a heritage asset. Taking such opportunities should be seen as a public benefit and part of the process of place-shaping'. Further advice on setting is provided in the Practice Guide and forthcoming English Heritage guidance. The strategic scheme would provide the context for detailed restoration and after-use schemes for individual sites. 02 Aug 2010 13:59
Stephen Woods - Cemex Option 2 seems the most appropriate and sustainable approach. 02 Aug 2010 13:32
Geoff Mason BW does not have a view as to whether Option 1 or Option 2 represents the better approach. However, we would expect that whichever approach is taken will acknowledge the importance of the Trent & Mersey Canal within the Trent Valley and take account of it in the restoration strategy for this area, recognising the particular character of the canal corridor and it's ecological importance. Any strategy should give careful consideration to securing the enhancement of the canal and it's environs and protecting wildlife and biodiversity. There may be opportunities for redundant mineral workings to provide moorings, marinas and recreation facilities as part of restoration programmes, which should also be recognised within the strategy. 02 Aug 2010 13:00
Will Fuller - East Midlands Airport A combination of the two options would seem to make sense, preparing a comprehensive long term strategy whilst applying a criterion based approach in the meantime. In respect of the restoration of sites in the Trent Vallley, it is important to remember the criteria laid down by ODPM Circular 01/2003 (Safeguarding Aerodromes etc). Birdstrikes are one of the major controllable hazards to aviation. Common birds have caused catastrophic accidents to all types of aircraft. Most birdstrikes occur on or near aerodromes but, because birds are very mobile, features far beyond an aerodrome boundary may increase the hazard. The restoration of sand and gravel sites in the Trent Valley can create a bird hazard for aviation in this critical area for East Midlands Airport as these sites are commonly used for the creation of bird attracting wetland. 29 Jul 2010 08:40
Nigel Weedon - Longcliffe Quarries Limited Confidential 14 Jun 2010 16:41
Alison Hicklin - Barrow upon Trent Parish Council Local communities have the best idea of the impact of options 03 Jun 2010 12:17