Towards a Minerals Local Plan for Derbyshire and Derby

Sand and Gravel Site Assessments

Introduction and Background

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out that mineral planning authorities (MPAs) should make provision for the continued extraction of mineral resources of local and national importance. Sand and gravel is an aggregate mineral of both local and national importance, of which there are proven resources in Derbyshire and Derby. In terms of aggregate, the NPPF states that MPAs must plan for a steady and adequate supply through the preparation of a Local Aggregate Assessment (LAA), which will identify the amount of aggregate that will be required to be provided over the Plan period. The Derbyshire, Derby and Peak District LAA (2015) has identified a need for a further 3.75 million tonnes of sand and gravel to be provided from Derbyshire and Derby over the Plan period to 2030. The Minerals Local Plan will allocate sites to provide for this.

This paper sets out illustrative assessments of all eight sites that have been put forward as potential allocations for sand and gravel working in the Minerals Local Plan. These are based on the draft site assessment methodology that is being published alongside this paper. Originally ten sites were put forward but one was withdrawn and another has now has the benefit of planning permission.