Towards a Minerals Local Plan for Derbyshire and Derby

Towards a Strategy for Reducing Quarrying in the Peak Park

Progress so Far

5       Progress So Far – What you have said and how we have responded

5.1     Stakeholders identified this as a key issue at the initial stage in the development of the Minerals Plan.  As a result, we included it in the Issues and Options paper in 2010.  Responses to this indicated continued support for the development of an approach which would help to reduce quarrying in the Peak District National Park.

 

The Interim Sustainability Appraisal concluded that Option 2 (to reduce the landbank of crushed rock in DCC and the Peak Park) is expected to perform better than Option 1 (to reduce the landbank of crushed rock in DCC) in terms of achieving environmental and social objectives by reducing permitted extraction in the Peak District National Park and therefore assist in the delivery of the Park’s objectives and also maintain potential recreational areas for Derby’s and Derbyshire’s communities.

In terms of meeting economic objectives, both options would reduce the overall land bank for crushed rock however this is not expected to result in provision for less than what is required as part of the apportionment set out in the national and regional guidelines for aggregates provision and both options would still grant new permissions where these are applied for therefore still encouraging minerals extraction where this is needed. This would also help to maintain the important role the extraction of this aggregate plays in national supplies as Derbyshire has the second highest annual output of limestone in England.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.2     As a result, we have been working closely with the Peak District National Park Authority since that time to develop this strategy further.  Given the size of its landbank of crushed rock and the fact the quarries serve similar markets to the Peak District National Park quarries, the two councils have agreed to compensate for the reduction in production in the Peak District National Park by increasing the Derbyshire apportionment figure for aggregate grade crushed rock.  The Councils have undertaken a joint Local Aggregate Assessment with the Peak District National Park.  This has concluded that Derbyshire will provide 7.37mtpa of aggregate crushed rock annually and the Peak District National Park 2.97mtpa.  This proposed figure for Derbyshire allows for the continued compensation for the progressive loss of production from the PDNP and also by setting a slightly higher figure than recent past sales would otherwise suggest (the most recent 10 year average for DCC is 7.04 mt and the 3 year average is 6.4mt), this also provides a degree of flexibility should production increase as a result of infrastructure projects both national and local, and provides a secure platform for the economic recovery (an important underpinning principle of the NPPF).  

 

 

Further more detailed evidence regarding aggregate crushed rock is available in the Crushed Rock for Aggregate Supporting Paper, November 2014, the Local Aggregate Assessment, 2014 and in Responses to the Derby and Derbyshire Minerals Plan Issues and Options Consultation Paper, 2011.