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 /3980833/9
Respondent Charles Butt - Nature After Minerals [List all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 11 Aug 2010
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Paragraph 7.91 - restoration SPD?
Core policies could signpost an additional restoration document that sets out a detailed restoration vision for these strategic areas, preferably with flexible indicative restoration schemes.
Paragraph 7.95 Use of term 'Water Uses'
It is not clear in the current reading what is meant by 'water uses.' It should be noted that carefully designed wetlands, (reedbed, fen and mire) can significantly reduce birdstrike risk, and birds such as Canada geese can be 'designed out' of restoration plans. Given that there remain significant BAP targets for semi-natural grassland habitat creation, if sufficient quantities of inert fill can be directed to restore topography of worked sites, these areas should be identified. For areas containing high grade agricultural soils, restoration to agriculture should include beneficial features for wildlife, for example wildflower rich field margins or hedgerows on arable restorations - both BAP habitats with large restoration targets unmet for 2010 in the county and both being important for nationally declining red-listed farmland birds.