Towards a Minerals Local Plan for Derbyshire and Derby

Towards a Strategy for Cumulative Impacts

Derbyshire County Council and Derby City Council (the mineral and waste planning authorities) are working together to prepare joint minerals and waste local plans. They will be called the Derbyshire and Derby Joint Minerals Local Plan and the Derby and Derbyshire Joint Waste Local Plan and cover the geographical area of Derbyshire, excluding the Peak District National Park. They will cover the period to 2030.

Minerals are essential raw materials, which are used to provide the infrastructure, buildings, energy and goods that our country needs.  They are vital for economic growth and our quality of life.  They are, however, a finite resource and can only be worked where they are found.  It is important therefore, that we make the best use of them to enable their long term conservation.

The Plan area has a wealth of mineral resources.  Mineral extraction and development has, for a long time, been a part of the Derbyshire landscape and an important part of the local economy, making an important contribution to the national, sub-regional and local need for minerals. Whilst mineral working can also provide environmental benefits, residents and local businesses are often concerned about any unwelcome impacts.

A clear, long-term Minerals Local Plan is a way of setting out the future scale and location of mineral working in the Plan area to support economic growth whilst protecting the environment and local communities. It is important that the Minerals Local Plan gets the balance right between the needs of the economy, the environment and local communities. It is vital, therefore, that communities, businesses, organisations and people throughout Derbyshire and Derby are involved in developing the Minerals Local Plan so that, as far as possible, it contains an agreed set of priorities that will deliver sustainable minerals development that is right for the Plan area.

 

The people and businesses of Derbyshire and Derby generate a significant amount of waste and we need to have a network of facilities to manage that waste in the most sustainable way possible. This is vital to maintain our quality of life and to enable our local economy to be competitive and to grow for the benefit of everyone in the area. As a priority we need to reduce the amount of waste we produce but we also need to make sure that we re-use as much as possible and obtain the most benefit we can from our waste rather than disposing of it to landfill.

A clear, long-term Waste Local Plan is a way of setting out what additional facilities we need and where best to locate them in order to deliver a sustainable waste management system to support economic growth whilst protecting the environment and local communities. It is also vital, therefore, that communities, businesses, organisations and people throughout Derbyshire and Derby are involved in developing the Waste Local Plan so that, as far as possible, it contains an agreed set of priorities that will deliver a sustainable waste management system that is right for the Plan area.

This consultation presents a series of papers, which seek to develop further the emerging Vision and Objectives, Strategies and Policies of the Minerals and Waste Local Plans. We now need your comments, suggestions and input on these papers, which will then be used to feed into the Draft Local Plans.  We will ask for your views on these documents later in the process.

 

This paper focuses on the cumulative impacts of new and extended mineral extraction developments and similar impacts from new and extended waste management facilities. It examines what cumulative impacts are and how they can be measured. It summarises the industrial history of the Plan area and why cumulative impacts are such a significant issue for Derbyshire and Derby. It highlights Government policy on cumulative impacts and reports on the main messages from previous consultation exercises. It presents a number of potential options for the approach of the new Minerals and Waste Local Plans to the use of cumulative impact assessments for new minerals and waste developments.