Towards a Minerals Local Plan for Derbyshire and Derby

Towards a Strategy for the Restoration and After Care of Former Mineral Workings

Introduction

  • Introduction

 

1.1       Mineral workings can have a substantial impact on the landscape and the uses of land. Although the extraction process is a temporary use of land, the impacts can be long-term or even permanent. It is important, when mineral working ceases, that the area affected is restored to a beneficial after-use for the local community at the earliest opportunity and is then maintained to a high standard for a period of time until it is established sufficiently to a stage where it can be maintained by established methods. Effective restoration and long-term aftercare of minerals sites is integral to all proposals for mineral extraction in Derbyshire and Derby.

1.2       There are opportunities for habitat creation during the life of a quarry, through phased restoration, compensation and mitigation, and moreover, at the end of their working life, all sites should be restored to an appropriate and beneficial after-use, which presents particular opportunities for green infrastructure and recreation.

1.3       Well considered restoration schemes help to ensure that the restored site integrates with the character of the landscape, mitigates any visual intrusion, enhances biodiversity and provides benefits to the local community. The potential contribution of restored mineral workings to the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) targets is considerable.

1.4       Improvement to habitats and biodiversity may allow for the creation of green corridors which can help to link important habitats, whilst also playing a role in mitigating and adapting to climate change. Measures to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change should be incorporated into mineral restoration schemes wherever possible.