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 A: Ensuring Sufficient Provision of Minerals How do we manage the potential increase in demand for coal? the Identifying Future Working Areas section [List all comments on this document part]
Comment ID /3957153/1
Respondent Elizabeth Campbell [List all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 29 Jul 2010
Comment
Mapperley Parish Council wishes to make the following comments on the above and in particular in connection with coal extraction
1. "It is the policy of Mapperley Parish Council to oppose any open cast mining activity within the Parish and any open cast mining activity outside the Parish which has an adverse effect on the Parish inhabitants or visitors" This policy was reaffirmed in June 2009 although it was originally drawn up following a survey of parishioners in 2003, when 80% opposed open casting
2. Since UKCoal commenced extraction at the Lodge House, Smalley site Mapperley Village residents have suffered noise and dust from 7am to 7pm. The Parish and its residents successfully opposed open casting at the Shipley West site would would have been even closer and noisier and more intrusive. Prior to the open casting at Lodge House residents have had to live with up to 60years open casting at various sites. The waste still exists at the screens at Mapperley Brook, where planning conditions to restore land have not been fully complied with. In connection with the Lodge House workings there are no official noise monitoring stations in Mapperley Village. It is considered that the relatively small amount of coal which is extracted from sites, which have been previously worked, do not outweigh the impact on the community and environment.
3. The coalition government is reviewing many planning matters. Should there be a moratorium on new applications pending revised minerals planning guidance?
4. At the Lodge House public enquiry UKCoal made promises that it would not be a foothold for expansion. This is obviously not true as the UKCoal annual report proposes an extension to Lodge House within the next twelve months.