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 Sterilisation of Surface Coal Resources section [List all comments on this document part]
Comment ID /3981825/20
Respondent Roger Caisley - Suon Ltd [List all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 12 Aug 2010
There are still significant areas of the exposed coalfield outside the main urban areas and whilst these may have certain constraints they would need to be considered against the prevailing policy context. If there is a proposed limitation to the working of sites prior to other development (an approach which would appear to be inconsistent with current national policy) this would seriously limit the potential for coal extraction and in many cases could cause more environmental impact than on other 'greenfield' sites. Recent appeal decisions appear to support working on 'greenfield' sites e.g. Lodge House, Derbyshire; Shotton in Northumberland and Telford in Shropshire. The prior extraction of coal from development sites either to prevent sterilisation or to resolve stability issues should be supported in principle but the timescale and potential environmental impact as well as the economic implications need to be considered carefully