Towards a Minerals Local Plan for Derbyshire and Derby

Towards a Strategy for Aggregate Crushed Rock

Progress so far - Provision

5       Progress So Far – What You Have Said And How We Have Responded - Provision of Aggregate Crushed Rock

5.1     Stakeholder Workshop 2009

We held a stakeholder workshop in 2009, which scoped the issues that the Minerals Local Plan should address.   At this event, people recognised and identified the need for mineral extraction, provided that its social and environmental impact is minimised.  

5.2     Issues and Options 2010

At this time, the provision of aggregates was determined at a national, rather than a local, level.  These figures only covered to 2020.  We asked people what they thought would be the best way of calculating provision for aggregates in the 10 year period after 2020.Option 1 proposed calculating the figures by projecting forward the current agreed apportionments and Option 2 proposed using an average figure of recent annual production.  There were sixteen responses to this question, with opinion being divided equally between the two options and therefore gave no clear steer as to how we should progress with this issue.

5.3     2012

In late 2012, we were at the initial stages in preparing the LAA and at the drop-in sessions we asked communities for their comments on the first draft of the document, particularly, whether they thought we should base the apportionment figures in the LAA on the average production of the previous 10 years, or whether an additional 10% flexibility allowance should be applied to this figure to make provision for future economic recovery.  No clear public opinion emerged, however, as to which approach should be taken. 

As a result of this response, and taking account of guidance and thinking at the time, we concluded that a 10% allowance should be applied to the apportionment figures for aggregate crushed rock in the redrafted LAA.

5.4     Further Consultation 2013

We published this revised draft LAA for wider public comment in March 2013.    It set out that Derbyshire would provide 8.6 million tonnes per annum of crushed rock for aggregate, which included a 10% flexibility allowance to provide greater scope for economic recovery and also allows for a continued reduction in quarrying from the Peak District National Park.  It also concluded that the 100+ year landbank of aggregate crushed rock in Derbyshire means that there will be no need in numerical terms to allocate further new quarries or extensions to existing quarries for this resource.

5.5     What You Said

At this stage, again there was some public support expressed for the 10% flexibility allowance to allow for increased demand to assist the economic recovery.  There were also an equal number of reservations regarding this proposal, responses stating that annual monitoring of sales figures and other information through the LAA, using the 10 year average (and also the 3 year average to determine general trends in demand), would identify any significant increase in demand, enabling a review of the apportionment figure later in the Plan period.  People also cited a lack of evidence as to why a figure of 10% should be used rather than any other figure.


The Sustainability Appraisal of the Draft LAA reported on two options, Option 1 basing future apportionments on the previous 10 year average and Option 2 applying an additional 10% to this figure. It found that both options could result in effects on the environmental, economic and social baseline over the plan period as new sites for extraction would be needed. Option 2 would result in a greater amount of extraction and could, therefore, result in more sites being worked with the potential for greater adverse impacts on the local environment and communities. It found that the effects and the significance of these effects will depend on the locations of the specific sites needed to deliver either option which is uncertain at this stage.

In summary, it concluded that the option of using the 10 year average performed better than the option of applying 10% flexibility against all sustainability objectives other than the economic objective.


Further, more detailed information regarding aggregate provision can be found in the Derbyshire, Derby and Peak District National Park Local Aggregate Assessment, 2014.


5.6     At the time this revised draft LAA was published for comment, the East Midlands Aggregates Working Party (EMAWP) agreed an approach whereby the future apportionments should be based on the previous 10 year average sales figure.