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 5: A Vision for Minerals Development in Derbyshire the Vision for Minerals Development in Derbyshire [List all comments on this document part]
Comment ID /3853857/1
Respondent John Bradshaw - Tarmac [List all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 13 Aug 2010
Vision 3 indicates that, by 2030, Derbyshire will have sought to assist in "achieving a progressive reduction of minerals won in the Peak District National Park" and Vision 7 states that "There will have been a reduction in the excessive landbank of permitted reserves of crushed rock in Derbyshire". Objectives C and G review methods of delivering this vision.

Whilst it is entirely legitimate for the Authority to propose/pursue the vision set out, Tarmac does not feel it is legitimate to claim Government policy and guidance support for it where it does not exist (Paras 7.61 and 7.83). Tarmac is unaware of any Government policy or guidance which stipulates, in terms, that there should be a progressive reduction in mineral working in National Parks, nor that MPAs should seek actively to reduce "excessive" landbanks. There is no explanation in the document why the crushed rock landbank in Derbyshire is considered to be excessive other than the reference to "maintain a landbank of crushed rock to last 10 years". The actual wording within MPS1 on this is "at least 10 years". Other than suggesting that Authorities should not grant any new permissions where landbanks are considered to be "excessive" except under specific circumstances, and inviting the industry to consider giving up permissions where the mineral is "unlikely to be worked again", MPS1 does not set out any "requirement" to reduce landbanks.