Minerals Plan: Key Issues & Options

Derby & Derbyshire Minerals Core Strategy: Key Issues & Options

How do we address the need for building stone?

7.38 In Derbyshire, the main source of building stone is the sandstone/gritstone of Carboniferous origin.  Limestone is also produced in small amounts for this purpose as a by-product at some of the major limestone quarries, such as Tunstead Quarry. 

7.39 There is a national market for building stone from Derbyshire.  It is a small but profitable industry and is mainly concerned with the repair and restoration of historic buildings or with the repair/extension of existing properties or new build properties and structures in areas of high environmental value, such as conservation areas where it is important to preserve and enhance local distinctiveness and local building character.    

7.40 Building and roofing stone resources often lie in areas of high quality landscape; it is the underlying geology that gives rise to the distinctive landscape.  The need to protect the landscape will, therefore, be a significant constraint on any proposals to work this resource but this has to be balanced against the need to use this stone to protect and enhance the built environment, which may be just as integral to the unique character of Derbyshire. Operations to extract stone for building material tend to be relatively small scale with modest, intermittent production, enabling their overall impact to be minimised.

7.41 Stone of a sufficiently good quality for building is an important and scarce resource and it will be important, therefore, to ensure that new permissions for the extraction of building stone in Derbyshire limit the amount of stone that is not used for this purpose.  Inevitably, there is likely to be a proportion of waste material, not of sufficient quality to be used as building stone, that will be used as aggregate, but this should be kept to a minimum and building stone should be the principal product.

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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No

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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

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The Need for Building Stone in Derbyshire

7.42 Unlike for aggregates, it is almost impossible to predict needs for building and roofing stone. There is not a national or regional framework in place to predict demand and needs and to apportion quantities to each MPA.  This has to be assessed, therefore, as and when applications are submitted for the extraction of building stone.

Identifying Sites

7.43 English Heritage is currently undertaking a national project to identify specific quarries which can supply the building stone needs of specific buildings or settlements.  We would use this work and it could enable us to identify either specific quarries for building stone in the Core Strategy or to inform a more general policy approach.  

Safeguarding Resources of Building Stone

7.44 We will be defining areas where reserves of building stone of economic and conservation value will be safeguarded from non mineral development to ensure they are available for future generations, if required. 

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.
Option 2: Devise a general policy, which allows for the extraction of building stone at sites where particular criteria are met.
A different option (please specify below)

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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.

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