Towards a Minerals Local Plan for Derbyshire and Derby

Towards a Strategy for Sand and Gravel

National Policy Considerations

2       National Policy Considerations

2.1    As well as the views of stakeholders being taken into account in the development of this Plan, the Council must also have regard to the Government’s national planning objectives and policies.  Government policy on planning has changed since the Issues and Options Paper was published in 2010.  The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published in March 2012, replacing planning and mineral policy statements.

2.2    The parts of national policy which are relevant to the provision of an adequate and steady supply of sand and gravel are:

  • Through the preparation of a Local Aggregate Assessment, to plan for an adequate and steady supply of minerals in order to assist in promoting sustainable economic growth and improving our quality of life.
  • Provision should take the form of specific sites, preferred areas and/or areas of search as appropriate.
  • To encourage the provision of secondary and recycled aggregates to minimise the requirement for primary aggregates.
  • To safeguard minerals of national and local importance and develop policies to encourage the extraction of important minerals prior to development.
  • To ensure that mineral extraction does not have unacceptable adverse effects on communities and the environment and high standards of restoration and aftercare of mineral sites are promoted.
  • To maintain a landbank of sand and gravel, which will provide a sufficient supply for at least seven years. 2.3    National Planning Practice Guidance (2014) explains that the Managed Aggregate Supply System seeks to ensure a steady and adequate supply of aggregate mineral, to handle the significant geographical imbalances in the occurrence of suitable natural aggregate resources, and the areas where they are most needed. It requires mineral planning authorities, which have adequate resources of aggregates, to make an appropriate contribution to national, as well as local, supply.2.4    It also sets out that a Local Aggregate Assessment (LAA) should include a forecast of the demand for aggregates based on both the rolling average of 10-years sales data and other relevant local information and an analysis of all aggregate supply options. It should also look at average sales over the last three years to identify the general trend of demand as part of the consideration of whether it might be appropriate to increase supply.2.5    It also sets out that aggregate landbanks should be used as a trigger for a mineral planning authority to review the current provision of aggregates in its area and consider whether to conduct a review of the allocation of sites in any existing adopted Plan. 2.6    It also states that the suitability of each proposed site, whether an extension to an existing site or a new site, must be considered on its individual merits, taking into account issues such as:
  • the need for the specific mineral;
  • the economic considerations (such being able to continue to extract the resource, retaining jobs, being able to utilise existing plant and other infrastructure);
  • the positive and negative environmental impacts (including the feasibility of a strategic approach to restoration);
  • the cumulative impact of proposals in an area.