Minerals Plan: Key Issues & Options

Derby & Derbyshire Minerals Core Strategy: Key Issues & Options

Part One: Background Information

Chapter 2: Policy Context

2.1 When preparing a plan, the Councils do not start with a blank sheet of paper. There is a range of legislation, guidance and policies at the international, national and regional and local level, which the plan must take full account of. This section of the document sets out the most significant national and regional policy background to minerals planning. The Sustainability Appraisal scoping report sets out a fuller analysis of these policies.

National and Regional Policy

2.2 It is important that the Core Strategy should not repeat national and regional policy. National and regional policy provides the framework within which local policy is developed.

2.3 Minerals Policy Statement 1 (MPS1) (2006) sets out national Government policy for minerals planning and provides the parameters from which we must develop the policies and proposals within the Minerals Core Strategy. Whilst preparing our plan we must take the following into account. Below is a summary of its main policy guidance under two broad objectives.

2.4 Sustainable Development of Mineral Resources
  • We must make provision for aggregate minerals (crushed rock and sand & gravel), through the identification of sites/areas of search, to meet the agreed sub regional (county) apportionments of the National and Regional Guidelines for aggregate, and to maintain landbanks to ensure sufficient provision over the period of the strategy. (MPS1, Paragraphs 3.6 & 3.7)
  • We must ensure the most prudent, efficient (reduction of mineral waste) and sustainable use of minerals and the greater use of recycled material to help minimise the need for primary mineral extraction. (MPS1, Paragraphs 9 & 18)
  • An important aspect of the sustainable use of minerals is to encourage the use of high quality materials only for the purposes for which they are most suitable, for example to ensure that the relatively scarce, high quality dolomitic limestone is used primarily for industrial processes and not as an aggregate. (MPS1, Paragraph 18)
  • We should safeguard resources from sterilisation by other non-mineral developments (e.g. housing and industry) to ensure that future generations have sufficient supplies of minerals to meet their needs. We should also encourage the prior extraction of minerals if it is necessary for non-mineral development to take place in mineral safeguarding areas. (MPS1, Paragraph 13)

2.5 Ensuring the Impact of Mineral Extraction on the Built and Natural Environment is Minimised

  • The overall quality of the natural and built environment must be protected and, through good working practices, there must be minimal disruption to local communities during extraction. (MPS1, Paragraph 17)
  • Internationally and nationally designated areas of landscape value and conservation importance must be protected. (MPS1, Paragraphs 9 & 14)
  • We must seek local supplies to reduce the impact of transportation on the environment and to help reduce the carbon footprint of the industry. (MPS1, Paragraph 15)
  • We must promote the sustainable transport of minerals by modes of transport other than road, for example by rail or on inland waterways. (MPS1, Paragraph 16)
  • Once extraction has ceased, high standards of restoration and aftercare of mineral sites should provide for environmental enhancement and long term potential of the land for a wide range of after-uses. (MPS1, Paragraph 19)

2.6 PPS1 (Planning and Climate Change) sets out how planning, in providing for the new homes, jobs and infrastructure needed by communities, should move us towards sustainable development and, in particular, help shape places with lower carbon emissions and which are resilient to the climate change.

2.7 The East Midlands Regional Plan (The Regional Spatial Strategy - RSS8) was adopted by the East Midlands Regional Assembly in March 2009. The following priorities are highlighted in respect of minerals and should be taken into account in developing the Core Strategy:

  • It tells us to identify environmentally acceptable sites to maintain an appropriate supply of aggregates and other minerals of regional or national significance.
  • Taking the Government’s National and Regional Guidelines for Aggregates (crushed rock and sand & gravel) Provision, it sets out the amount of aggregate that the county will have to provide. This figure determines the number and size of sites that we will have to allocate for aggregate extraction in Derbyshire. We have to ensure that we provide sufficient sites to meet the agreed apportionments.
  • It states that there must be a progressive reduction in the proportion and amounts of aggregate and other land won minerals that are quarried from the Peak District National Park. This may have implications for provision elsewhere in the region, particularly Derbyshire, in terms of other MPAs having to provide a greater share of aggregates to compensate.
  • It reiterates national policy that we must indicate areas of minerals that should be safeguarded from sterilisation by other forms of development that would sterilise resources of economic value for future exploitation i.e. to ensure the protection of valuable mineral resources for use by future generations.
  • It says that we should identify and safeguard opportunities for the transportation of minerals by rail water or pipeline, including railhead and wharfage facilities and also sites for the recycling of materials.
  • It requires us to identify likely adverse impacts on habitats and propose mitigation measures and to set out the proposed uses to which former mineral sites should be put.

2.8 These national and regional policies, along with many others, will guide this Strategy and the issues they generate in Derbyshire are highlighted in subsequent chapters of this document.


Key Points from the Policy Context Section:


We are required by the Government to:

  • Make necessary provision for minerals

  • Ensure the sustainable and efficient use of minerals

  • Encourage greater use of recycled materials to replace primary minerals

  • Safeguard minerals for future generations

  • Ensure protection of the communities and the environment

  • Reduce the impact of transportation

  • Require high standards of restoration

  • Assist in the progressive reduction of quarrying in the Peak Park

  • Play our part in responding to climate change issues