Minerals Plan: Key Issues & Options

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Document Section Derby & Derbyshire Minerals Core Strategy: Key Issues & Options Part Two: Vision, Objectives, Issues & Options Chapter 7: Major Issues & Options Objective K: Restoration of mineral workings A Strategy for Restoring Sand & Gravel Workings in the Trent Valley the Strategy for Restoring Sand & Gravel Workings in the Trent Valley [List all comments on this document part]
Comment ID /3606369/4
Respondent Christopher Broome - Derbyshire Caving Association [List all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 15 Jul 2010
Although the restoration of mineral workings may have led in some cases to an increase in the provision of outdoor recreation or other facilities and possibly even enhancement of the local habitat for wildlife, it is rare that we find benefits arising for the caver and scientific fraternity as a result of the extraction and restoration, usually its the opposite and sites are lost forever.

DCA would wish to draw the Council's attention to particular areas of importance with regard to the conservation and protection of significant cave and mining sites within Derbyshire including the areas being considered under the Minerals Core Strategy. DCA have undertaken a number of Cave Conservation Management Plans which cover several SSSI sites and some RIGS sites as well within these overall areas. DCA representatives are represented on the Underground Conservation Forum which includes Natural England and English Heritage representatives amongst other organisations. DCA regularly undertakes project work with these organisations where there are common interests and objectives to preserve and protect the natural environment above and below ground.