Towards a Minerals Local Plan for Derbyshire and Derby

Towards a Strategy for Safeguarding Mineral Resources

Safeguarding Mineral Resources across the County Boundary

10    Safeguarding Mineral Resources Across the County Boundary

10.1  Mineral resources do not stop at administrative boundaries, so development close to the boundary of one authority could effectively sterilise minerals in the adjacent authority area.   

10.2   It is likely in practice that the mineral will straddle the boundary and will be safeguarded by authorities on each side of the boundary so development should not, in theory, take place in these areas without consultation having taken place.  The risk is where this is not the case.  In such cases, buffer zones to protect the margins of mineral resources could extend into neighbouring authorities to protect resources from development.   The challenge occurs here because all authorities will be at different stages in developing their safeguarding strategy.  Map 2 below shows the mineral resources that occur in adjoining authorities.  All straddle the boundary with Derbyshire and Derby.  It is important to consider this issue with neighbouring MPAs as part of the Duty to Cooperate on strategic cross boundary matters as set out in the NPPF.  It will be important to continue to work closely with adjoining MPAs to ensure coordination of MSA and MCA designations across administrative boundaries.

Map 2: Mineral Resources adjoining Derbyshire and Derby