Minerals Plan: Key Issues & Options

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Response Details
From Helen Fairfax - North East Derbyshire District Council
Submitted 11 Aug 2010 11:04
Status Complete
Response ID #77614

Vision (a)

Do you agree that this covers all the elements that a vision for mineral extraction in Derbyshire should cover?

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    Yes
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    No

Vision (b)

If not, please specify what you think should be added or removed.

«No response»

Objectives (a)

Do you agree that this covers all the elements that the objectives for mineral extraction in Derbyshire should cover?

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    Yes
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    No

Objectives (b)

If not, please specify what you think should be added or removed

«No response»

Issue 1: Calculating the Provision for Aggregates Beyond 2020 (a)

What would be the best way of calculating the necessary provision we will need to make for aggregates in the period after 2020?

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    Option 1: Make an estimate of provision beyond 2020 based on a straight line projection of the current agreed apportionments (i.e. the annual apportionments for crushed rock and sand & gravel remain the same for the years from 2020 - 2030 as they are from 2005 - 2020).
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    Option 2: Use an average figure of recent annual production rates to calculate annual apportionment figures from 2020 - 2030.
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    Other (please specify)

Please type your answer here if you selected 'Other (please specify)' above
«No response»

Issue 1: Calculating the Provision for Aggregates Beyond 2020 (b)

Do you agree (for both options 1 & 2) that we should also allow for a reduced proportion of the Peak Park's displaced provision of crushed rock on the assumption that, after 2020, other authorities will take an element of this displaced provision?

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    Yes
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    No

Issue 1: Calculating the Provision for Aggregates Beyond 2020 (c)

Please explain how you came to your decision for (b), and if you disagreed, please suggest an alternative approach

«No response»

Issue 2: Identification of Sites for Sand & Gravel (a)

Taking all these considerations into account, one approach to meeting the necessary provision targets would be:

For the period up to 2020 - allocate specific extensions to existing sites rather than allocating new sites

For the period 2020-2030 - allocate broader Areas of Search

 

Do you agree with this approach?

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    Yes
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    No

Issue 2: Identification of Sites for Sand & Gravel (b)

Please explain why you came to that decision. If you disagreed, please suggest an alternative approach that we could take

«No response»

Issue 3: Criteria Based Policy for Industrial Limestone (a)

Do you agree that a criteria based policy is the best way of dealing with the issues outlined above?

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    Yes
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    No

Issue 3: Criteria Based Policy for Industrial Limestone (b)

Please explain why you came to that decision. If you disagreed, please suggest an alterntaive approach that we could take.

«No response»

Issue 4: Identifying Future Working Areas for Coal Extraction (a)

Do you agree that a criteria based policy is the best way of dealing with the issues outlined above?

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    Yes
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    No

Issue 4: Identifying Future Working Areas for Coal Extraction (b)

Please explain why you came to your decision in (a). If you disagreed, please suggest an alternative approach that we could take.

The criteria based policy approach along with the identification of the general extent of the coalfield and areas of constraint is the most appropriate approach. It continues the approach taken in the Minerals Local Plan which provides clarity at the strategic and local level. This approach recognises that the extraction of coal is market-led and is sufficiently flexible to deal with changing needs over the next 20 years.

Issue 4: Identifying Future Working Areas for Coal Extraction (c)

What are the environmental constraints to the identification of future working areas that should be defined?

Suggest principally environmental and historic assets, that could suffer irreparable damage as a result of coal mining and spoil deposit operations, eg. SSSI’s, Local Wildlife Sites, protected trees and woodlands, land within the setting of listed buildings, Historic Parks and Gardens and Conservation Areas and areas with specific landscape value. A buffer zone around existing communities could also be considered.

Issue 5: Surface Mining Constraint Areas (a)

Should we designate surface mining constraint areas?

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    Yes
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    No

Issue 5: Surface Mining Constraint Areas (b)

If so, should we follow the approach taken in the Minerals Local Plan, of identifying areas with a sufficient concentration of conservation designations to justify special protection?

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    Yes
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    No

Issue 5: Surface Mining Constraint Areas (c)

What designations should they cover?

Suggest principally environmental and historic assets, that could suffer irreparable damage as a result of coal mining and spoil deposit operations, eg. SSSIs, Local Wildlife Sites, protected trees and woodlands, land within the setting of listed buildings, Historic Parks and Gardens and Conservation Areas. A buffer zone around existing communities could also be considered

Issue 5: Surface Mining Constraint Areas (d)

Or should we follow a different approach?

«No response»

Issue 6: Proper and Efficient Use of Building Stone (a)

Do you agree that we should include a policy which stipulates that building stone from new workings should be the principal product?

 

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    Yes
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    No

Issue 6: Proper and Efficient Use of Building Stone (b)

Please explain why you came to that decision. If you disagreed, please suggest an alternative approach

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.

Issue 7: Strategy for Building Stone (a)

What approach do you think we should take for meeting the need for building stone?

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    Option 1: Identify specific quarries or extensions to existing quarries to provide sources of building and roofing stone for certain buildings or settlements.
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    Option 2: Devise a general policy, which allows for the extraction of building stone at sites where particular criteria are met.
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    A different option (please specify below)

Issue 7: Strategy for Building Stone (b)

Please explain why you came to that decision. If you chose 'a different option', please explain what that would be.

A combination of Options 1 & 2 would appear to provide the most balanced approach. The two options could compliment each other, with the elements of Option 1 ensuring that outputs from specific quarries can be earmarked to meet conservation objectives; whilst elements of Option 2 would provide a more flexible and ‘future proof’ approach, to accommodate the needs for stone of a specific character as the need arises.

Issue 8: Managing How We Make Provision for Clay (a)

Do you agree that we should include a policy for the development of clay working which sets out criteria similar to those in the existing Minerals Local Plan policy?

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    Yes
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    No

Issue 8: Managing How We Make Provision for Clay (b)

Please explain why you came to that decision, and if you chose 'no' please suggest an alternative approach that we could take

«No response»

Issue 9: Managing How We Make Provision for Vein Minerals (a)

Do you agree that we should include a policy for the development of vein working which sets out criteria similar to those in the existing Minerals Local Plan policy (MP33)?

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    Yes
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    No

Issue 9: Managing How We Make Provision for Vein Minerals (b)

Please explain why you came to that decision, and if you chose 'no' please suggest an alternative approach that we could take

«No response»

Issue 10: Managing How We Make Provision for Conventional Oil & Gas (a)

Do you agree that we should include a policy for conventional oil and gas development which sets out criteria similar to those in the existing Minerals Local Plan (Policies MP13 & MP35)

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    Yes
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    No

Issue 10: Managing How We Make Provision for Conventional Oil & Gas (b)

Please explain why you came to that decision, and if you chose 'no' please suggest an alternative approach that we could take

The policies in the current Minerals Local Plan have operated effectively and continue to provide appropriate protection for the environment.

Issue 11: Managing How We Make Provision for New Coal Technologies (a)

Do you agree that we should include a policy for new coal exploitation technologies which sets out criteria similar to those for conventional oil and gas developments; as in the existing Minerals Local Plan policy MP35?

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    Yes
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    No

Issue 11: Managing How We Make Provision for New Coal Technologies (b)

Please explain why you came to that decision, and if you chose 'no' please suggest an alternative approach that we could take

«No response»

Issue 12: Consequences of Reducing Aggregate Extraction in Peak Park (a)

Do you agree that Derbyshire should continue to contribute to the aim of reducing aggregates from the National Park through agreed increases in our apportionment, based on the markets that Derbyshire is best placed to supply sustainably?

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    Yes
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    No

Issue 12: Consequences of Reducing Aggregate Extraction in Peak Park (b)

Please explain why you came to that decision, and if you chose 'no' please suggest an alternative approach that we could take

«No response»

Issue 13: Safeguarding Sites for Recycled Aggregates (a)

Do you agree that the most appropriate place to consider the safeguarding of individual sites suitable for the recycling, reprocessing and transfer of materials including construction and demolition wastes is the Waste Core Strategy?

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    Yes
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    No

Issue 13: Safeguarding Sites for Recycled Aggregates (b)

Please explain why you came to that decision, and if you chose 'no' please suggest an alternative approach that we could take

These are waste functions and should be addressed by the Waste Core Strategy.

Issue 14: Reworking Spoil Tips for Secondary Aggregates (a)

Should we have a criteria-based policy relating to reworking of spoil tips for secondary aggregates or seek to identify specific sites where these products can be worked?

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    Criteria based policy
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    Specific sites

Issue 14: Reworking Spoil Tips for Secondary Aggregates (b)

Please explain why you came to that decision

«No response»

Issue 15: Defining Mineral Safeguarding Areas (a)

What will be the most appropriate way of defining MSAs?

The associated mapping must be sufficiently detailed so that they can be incorporated into districts’ LDF Proposals maps.

Issue 15: Defining Mineral Safeguarding Areas (b)

It is likely to be inappropriate and unworkable to define all resources, so what criteria do you think we should use to ensure that sufficient minerals are safeguarded for the future? 

It is considered that the safeguarding policy at Issue 16 provides sufficient protection for resources and the definition of MSAs is an unnecessary addition and burden upon local authorities, in terms of needing to consult the County on all planning applications in the defined areas.

It is recommended that only the most important resources are identified in terms of their finite nature and quality and that MSAs do not cover blanket areas, for example which may coincide with the Surface Coal Resource which covers the majority of NE Derbyshire.

Issue 16: Sterilisation of Mineral Resources (a)

Existing MLP Policy MP17 states proposals for development which would sterilise the future working of economically workable mineral deposits will be resisted, except where there is an overriding need for the development and prior extraction cannot be undertaken.  Where the development is considered essential and proven mineral deposits would be sterilised, permission will be granted provided it would not lead to adverse environmental impacts.

 

Do you agree that we should continue this approach in the Minerals Core Strategy?

 

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    Yes
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    No

Issue 16: Sterilisation of Mineral Resources (b)

Please explain why you came to that decision

The existing policy within the Minerals Local Plan has operated effectively and there is no reason to change the policy approach.
This also presents the most realistic policy option for North East Derbyshire, where all but the south western corner of the District is identified as a resource for surface coal. The use of this policy will negate the need to identify safeguarding areas for surface coal around urban areas. This could also mean that Mineral Consultation areas will not be required (for surface coal) which would reduce the likely burden on the local Planning Authority of consulting the County on all planning applications

Issue 17: Reducing the Landbank of Crushed Rock in Derbyshire (a)

What would be the best way of reducing the landbank for crushed rock in Derbyshire?

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    Option 1: Grant limited new permissions for aggregate crushed rock if operators agree to relinquish reserves of a greater amount in Derbyshire as a condition of the permission.
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    Option 2: Grant limited new permissions for aggregate crushed rock if operators agree to relinquish reserves of a greater amount in Derbyshire or the Peak District National Park as a condition of the permission
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    A different option (please specify below)

Issue 17: Reducing the Landbank of Crushed Rock in Derbyshire (b)

Please explain why you came to that decision. If you chose 'a different option', please explain what that would be. 

«No response»

Issue 18: Restoration Scheme for Trent Valley (a)

What approach should we take to the restoration of mineral workings in the Trent Valley?

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    Option 1: Prepare a comprehensive long term landscape strategy for the restoration of sand and gravel workings in the Trent Valley, accepting that this may guide the allocation of new sites.
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    Option 2: Continue to apply a criterion based approach to the restoration of sand and gravel workings, based on local circumstances, devising restoration schemes for quarries as they arise, guided by local circumstances only
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    A different option (please specify below)

Issue 18: Restoration Scheme for Trent Valley (b)

Please explain why you came to that decision. If you chose 'a different option', please explain what that would be.

«No response»

Issue 19: Restoration Scheme for A515 Corridor (a)

What approach should we take to the restoration of mineral workings along the A515 Corridor, Buxton?

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    Option 1: Prepare a comprehensive long term landscape strategy for the restoration of limestone quarries along the A515 Corridor.
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    Option 2: Continue to apply a criteria based approach to the restoration of these quarries, based on local circumstances, devising restoration schemes for quarries as they arise, guided by circumstances specific to the particular quarry only.
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    A different option (please specify below)

Issue 19: Restoration Scheme for A515 Corridor (b)

Please explain why you came to that decision. If you chose 'a different option', please explain what that would be.

«No response»

Issue 20: Site Suggestions

Would you like to propose a site for possible inclusion within the Minerals Core Strategy?

If you tick yes we will contact you to discuss the necessary next steps.

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    Yes
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    No

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