Minerals Plan: Key Issues & Options

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Document Section Derby & Derbyshire Minerals Core Strategy: Key Issues & Options Part One: Background Information Chapter 4: A Portrait of Minerals in Derbyshire the Legacy of Mining section [List all comments on this document part]
Comment ID /3615457/2
Respondent Rachael Bust - Coal Authority [List all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 15 Jul 2010
Support - The Coal Authority welcomes recognition of the national role for coal and the local
geological conditions, recognising that the plan area contains both surface and deep coal
resources. The evidence paper acknowledges that the area contains four present coal extraction
sites (surface - Lodge House, Smalley; Former Biwaters Works Site, Clay Cross; Engine
Reclamation Site and underground - Eckington Drift Mine) as well as the potential UK Coal site
identified in 2007 for a surface mine at Chesterfield Canal, north of Staveley.
The Coal Authority also welcomes the recognition in the evidence paper about the potential role of
new coal technologies within the plan area, including for coal mine methane; abandoned mine
methane; virgin coalbed methane; or underground coal gasification. The evidence paper also
acknowledges the current abandoned mine methane site at the former Whitwell Colliery and the
two dormant abandoned mine methane sites at Shirebrook and Markham.
The Coal Authority also welcomes the recognition in paragraphs 4.45 to 4.47 of the legacy of
mining activity that has taken place within the plan area, and the particular reference to the new
risk based approach to development management that The Coal Authority has piloted in
Chesterfield/NE Derbyshire/Bolsover based upon the presence of coal mining related hazards.