Towards a Minerals Local Plan for Derbyshire and Derby

Towards a Strategy for Sand and Gravel


1       Introduction

1.1    The Minerals Local Plan (MLP) is required to provide for a steady supply of minerals to help meet local need, whilst continuing also to supply a defined quantity of minerals to those parts of the country that do not have their own indigenous resources. This helps to promote sustainable economic growth, including the creation of jobs.  This is one of the key issues that has emerged from engagement with stakeholders and communities in the development of the MLP.  It is also a fundamental part of national minerals policy in the NPPF, and is emerging as a key element of the plan in the developing vision and objectives.

1.2    The strategy for site selection is constrained by the fact that minerals can only be quarried where they occur.  This means that sand and gravel sites can only be located in the alluvial sand and gravel resource in the Trent, Derwent and Lower Dove Valleys in the southern part of the Plan area.  There are also more limited reserves of hard rock sand in the Sherwood Sandstones near Mercaston.

Further more detailed evidence regarding sand and gravel is available in the Sand and Gravel Supporting Paper, December 2014, in the Analysis of Responses to the Derby and Derbyshire Minerals Plan Issues and Options Consultation Paper, 2011, and in the summary of issues raised at the sand and gravel drop-in sessions held in late 2012.





1.3    Although Derby City has some resources of sand and gravel, there are currently no active workings in its area.