Towards a Minerals Local Plan for Derbyshire and Derby

Towards a Strategy for the River Valleys

National Policy Considerations

2       National Policy Considerations

2.1    The National Planning Policy Framework sets out that worked land should be reclaimed at the earliest opportunity, taking account of aviation safety, and that high quality restoration and aftercare of mineral sites takes place, including for agriculture, geodiversity, biodiversity, native woodland, the historic environment and recreation.

2.2    National Planning Policy Guidance states that following mineral working, land should be restored to make it suitable for beneficial after-use.  In assessing sites for future working it sets out that the feasibility of a strategic approach to restoration should be explored.  It also sets out that a site-specific landscape strategy should accompany applications for either a new site or any significant extension to an existing working.