Minerals Plan: Key Issues & Options

Derby & Derbyshire Minerals Core Strategy: Key Issues & Options

Objective C: How do we contribute to a reduction in the supply of aggregates from the Peak District National Park?

7.61 Government and Regional planning policy stipulates that there should be a progressive reduction in the output of aggregate and other minerals from National Parks to help ensure the long term protection of their special environmental qualities.  We therefore need to address the issue of how we can help to implement this policy. The best way seems to be to enable Derbyshire to take an appropriate increase in the share of regional aggregate provision to compensate for reductions in production from the Peak Park. 

7.62 Figures indicate that, of the five quarries at which permissions for extraction are expected to come to an end within Peak National Park by 2016, 77% of the aggregate material is distributed to markets in the East Midlands, 21% is distributed to Yorkshire and Humberside markets and 1% is distributed to West Midlands markets.  On average, these sites produce a total of around 1.2 million tonnes of aggregates per annum.

7.63 We have had discussions with the East Midlands Regional Aggregates Working Party, and the Peak District National Park, and an increase in Derbyshire's apportionment of crushed rock production up to 2020 has been agreed, which is equivalent to the lost Peak Park production that would have supplied markets in the East Midlands, i.e. 77%. (This amounts to an additional 12 million tonnes for the period 2005-2020). For sustainable development reasons it was considered inappropriate for Derbyshire to agree to increases which reflected the need to supply markets in other regions. Given Derbyshire's already excessive landbank of permitted reserves of over 800 million tonnes, this may appear to be a somewhat academic exercise.  Notwithstanding this, it is important that Derbyshire should continue to play its part in seeking to achieve the strategic objective of reducing minerals production from the Peak Park.

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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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

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