Towards a Minerals Local Plan for Derbyshire and Derby

Towards a Strategy for Safeguarding Mineral Resources

Next Steps

11    Next Steps

11.1  The emerging approach as discussed above is summarised below.  This is the approach that has emerged from consultation and other guidance and advice and which is considered to be the most reasonable one for safeguarding mineral resources in Derbyshire and Derby.  We are now seeking your opinion as to whether you think this emerging approach is the most reasonable one for Derbyshire and Derby.


SMP6: Draft Emerging Approach for Mineral Safeguarding

  1. The Minerals Local Plan will aim to provide a clear approach to minerals safeguarding in Derbyshire and Derby. It will seek to safeguard minerals, which are considered to be of national and local importance.
  2. It is proposed to safeguard all the resource of the Carboniferous Limestone, Fluorspar, Permian Limestone, alluvial sand and gravel and surface mined coal (with associated Fireclay) by virtue of their national and local importance, but to take a more selective approach to safeguarding areas of sandstone for building and roofing purposes, Sherwood Sandstone and clays which will involve safeguarding the mineral resource around existing mineral workings.
  3. Development within mineral safeguarding areas should demonstrate that proven mineral resources of economic importance will not be sterilised as a result of a non-mineral development and that the development would not pose a risk to future mineral extraction in the vicinity.

Where this cannot be demonstrated, and where a clear need for the non-minerals development is shown, prior extraction of the mineral will be sought, where practicable.

  1. Mineral Safeguarding Areas will be drawn to cover all urban areas under which there are proven mineral resources, and a list of exempt development categories will be included in the Plan to reduce the number of notifications required. The safeguarding policy will also include criteria relating to the extraction of minerals prior to the redevelopment of a site in an urban/built up area.


  1. The policy will also seek to ensure that the future working of a mineral resource is not compromised by non-mineral development being built adjacent to the resource. This will be achieved by the designation of a buffer zone for some minerals as appropriate, the width of which will depend on the type of mineral affected.     Further work will be carried out on defining the boundaries of these areas in the coming months when we have your views, and they will then be published for comment. The MSA together with the buffer zone will be known as the Mineral Consultation Area (MCA).
  2. The Minerals Planning Authority and the District/Borough councils will agree a protocol by which consultation will take place on planning applications which may affect mineral resources in the MCAs.