Minerals Plan: Key Issues & Options

Derby & Derbyshire Minerals Core Strategy: Key Issues & Options

A Strategy for Restoring Sand & Gravel Workings in the Trent Valley

7.92 In the past, sand and gravel workings have been restored to after-uses with an approach that has concentrated on the requirements for the specific site rather than also considering its context within the wider surrounding landscape of the river corridor.  As sand and gravel workings have developed over a wider area, this approach has resulted in a landscape which has become progressively fragmented; the overall cultural and environmental integrity of the landscape is gradually being altered.

7.93 A better approach may be to develop an overall strategy for the restoration of sand and gravel workings in the Trent Valley, to ensure that the "new" landscape is planned properly and coherently.  This could assist in the future allocation of sites for sand and gravel extraction.

7.94 If this approach was taken, we would devise a landscape appraisal based analysis and plan of the Trent Valley showing areas designated for certain after-uses, which would be used to guide restoration schemes if or when a particular site was worked for sand and gravel.  It is likely that certain areas would be protected from sand and gravel extraction, as a result of their historic, cultural or environmental importance.

Issue 18: Restoration Scheme for Trent Valley (a)

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

Option Results Count
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.
65%
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
25%
A different option (please specify below)
10%

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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.

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7.95 There is an increasing shortage of inert fill material with which to restore former sand and gravel workings.  The main reason for this is that an increasing majority of potential inert material is now being re-used as a substitute for primary aggregate.  This has important implications for any strategy to restore sites in the river valleys and means the majority of fill material that becomes available will have to be directed to sites where restoration to dry after uses is most critical.  This will apply particularly to sites close to East Midlands Airport where, if restored to water uses, would increase the risk of birdstrike.  This will be an important consideration in drawing up a restoration strategy for the Trent Valley.