Minerals Plan: Key Issues & Options

Derby & Derbyshire Minerals Core Strategy: Key Issues & Options

Chapter 5: A Vision for Minerals Development in Derbyshire

5.1 We are developing a spatial vision for how we expect the city and county to look in terms of mineral development by 2030.  Stakeholder input has already been helpful to this process.  These are the elements that we are suggesting so that, by 2030: 

1.      The plan will have helped to achieve the best possible balance between maintaining the economic and other benefits to be gained from mineral extraction in Derby and Derbyshire and its impact on the environment and communities.

2.      We will have worked in partnership with industry, communities and neighbouring authorities to ensure that the Derby and Derbyshire of 2030 has a pattern of sensitively located, worked and restored mineral extraction sites. 

3.      The working of these sites will have enabled Derby and Derbyshire to meet its contribution to the local, regional and national need for minerals and assisted in achieving a progressive reduction of minerals won in the Peak District National Park.

4.      Development will have also helped the achievement of sustainable economic development and regeneration of the area, including through the delivery of materials for use in industry, the creation of jobs and training and addressing the legacies of the historic economy, especially in areas of identified deprivation.

5.      The use of primary resources will have been minimised through efficient working practices, prudent and efficient use of minerals and through the maximum use of recycled and secondary materials

6.      Derbyshire's valuable and economically viable mineral resources will have been identified and safeguarded for use by future generations.

7.      There will have been a reduction in the excessive landbank of permitted reserves of crushed rock in Derbyshire.

8.      The adverse social and environmental effects of mineral extraction on local communities will have been minimised to an acceptable level, unavoidable social effects mitigated and opportunities for community benefits maximised.

9.      The impacts of climate change and the potential for flooding, will have been taken into account in decision making, unavoidable effects minimised and mitigated, and adaptations made for the effects of climate change in mineral developments.

10.     Minerals will be transported more sustainably, the adverse environmental effects of their transportation will have been be minimised, including the effects of moving minerals long distances, the effects on communities, and opportunities will have been taken to achieve a modal shift in their transportation.

11.     Potential for effective and high standards of restoration and productive after-use will have been integral to site selection and to the consideration of proposals for mineral extraction, ensuring that proposals have regard to existing landscape character and the need to protect wildlife and enhance biodiversity.  Restoration of mineral workings will have made optimum use of scarce inert fill resources and will have led to an increase in the provision of outdoor recreation or other facilities in accordance with other local strategies.

12.     Restoration strategies will also have been developed for particular areas subject to long term cumulative impact of quarrying, such as for the Trent valley and the A515 corridor near Buxton, and will have provided a longer term, more coherent approach to the sustainable development and restoration of sites.

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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Vision (b)

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

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5.2 From this vision, objectives and policies will evolve to help deliver the overall vision, as set out in the next chapter.