Towards a Minerals Local Plan for Derbyshire and Derby

Sand and Gravel Site Assessments



Site Name: Egginton

Reference Number: SG08

Proposed By: Hansons


Site Location

Locationand General Description of Site

1.8.1 This is a proposed extension by Hansons to a dormant site. Technically, therefore, the suggested site has been considered as a new site. It is an allocation in the adopted Minerals Local Plan. This 40 hectare site is located immediately to the west of Egginton and to the north-east of the River Dove. Derby Airport is located immediately to the north/north-east of the site. Reclaimed former mineral workings are to the north/north-west of the site with the railway line beyond. The site is open in nature and of level terrain, being partially within the floodplain of the River Dove and Hilton Brook. The majority of the site is currently in agricultural use as pasture land. Although close to the western edge of Egginton village, the site is not easily visible from this settlement because of a line of mature hedgerow trees and an area of dense woodland screening to the south-east of the site.

Resources (yield, annual output, depth of deposit)

1.8.2 It is estimated that the site could yield 1.8 million tonnes of sand & gravel from an extraction area of 31 hectares, with an estimated annual output of 280,000 tonnes, and an estimated lifespan of 7-8 years of working.


End Use of, and Market for, Mineral

1.8.3 The company intends that the product would be used as aggregate, concreting and building sand, and sold to outlets and builders merchants, generally within a 25 mile radius of the site.

Timing and Phasing

1.8.4 The company has intimated that this site would be worked as a replacement to the Mercaston operation and is unlikely, therefore, to be brought forward during the Plan period.

Plant and Access Arrangements

1.8.5 A new processing plant would need to be constructed within the site. Permission for the intended plant on the adjacent site expired in 2007. Access for the previous working was gained onto the A5132 at Saltersford Bridge, from which lorries would then travel to the A38 and A50. This permission has now expired.

Site History

1.8.6 Planning permission was originally granted in 1960 for the extraction of sand & gravel on the area immediately to the north and east of this proposed extension. The area was extended under a planning permission in 1968. Gravel has been won from about half of the permitted site, but there has been no extraction for some considerable time and the site is now dormant in legal terms. The extracted mineral was processed off-site. The infilling of the voids with pfa has been progressing and the area has been restored gradually to agricultural use, together with some wooded areas for wildlife.

1.8.7 In 1992, permission was granted for an on-site processing plant and a concrete batching plant on an area of backfilled land immediately to the south of the railway line. This permission has expired without having been implemented.






Existing Infrastructure

1.8.8 This proposal would require new quarry infrastructure.

ASSESSMENT (-) New quarry infrastructure

Sterilisation of Resources

1.8.9 A new operation but would replace one elsewhere once this has been exhausted

. ASSESSMENT (-) Not an issue

1.8.10 Employment

A new operation but is unlikely to result in job losses elsewhere

ASSESSMENT (-) New operation but no related job losses

Infrastructure - Access arrangements to the plant site

1.8.11 Access to the proposed plant site would be direct onto the A5132 at Saltersford Bridge.

ASSESSMENT (+) The site has direct access to an A road

Resources: Yield

1.8.12 The company estimates that 1.8 million tonnes of material would be extracted from an area of around 31 hectares. This equates to around 56,000 tonnes per hectare.

ASSESSMENT (+) Yield of 50,000 - 75,000 tph

Transport - Mode of Transport to Market

1.8.13 The operator has confirmed that processed material would be transported from the site by road.

ASSESSMENT (-) Road Transport proposed

Transport - Distance to Markets

1.8.14 Generally, the processed material would be sold to markets within a 25 mile radius of the site.

ASSESSMENT (+) Distance to markets of 20-35 miles



Visual Intrusion

1.8.15 The site is in a very secluded location and has very few visual receptors. There are no residential properties from which the site can be seen. There are farm storage buildings alongside the other buildings associated with the airfield. These lie about 100m to the east of the site. It is well screened to the north by dense woodland and also from Egginton village to the east by areas of woodland. However, there is a public footpath/bridleway, which runs through the southern section of the site, from which several parts of the site are visible.

ASSESSMENT (+) The site has few visually sensitive receptors but large parts of the site will be visible from them


1.8.16 Around half of Egginton village lies within 500m of SA06 but none within 500m of SA05. The extensive wooded areas adjacent to the site may mitigate to some extent any adverse noise impact that the workings may have on the area.

ASSESSMENT (-) The site has some noise sensitive receptors within 500m from the boundary of the site

Nuisance Dust

1.8.17 There are some sensitive receptors within 500m of the site.

ASSESSMENT (-) The site has some high/medium dust sensitive receptors within 500m from the boundary of the site.

Air Quality/Human Health

1.8.18 The site does not lie within 1000m of an Air Quality Management Area.

ASSESSMENT (+) Site does not lie within 1000m of an AQMA

Transport - Local Amenity

1.8.19 HGVs would not have to travel through any residential areas to reach the main market areas. Only a small number of individual properties would be affected along the route.

ASSESSMENT (+) HGVs would pass few sensitive receptors to reach themain market areas

Benefits from the Proposed After-Use

1.8.20 Given the existing rich environmental value of this site, it is not considered that its working and reclamation would provide environmental benefit greater than already exists. The operator proposes to restore the site to agricultural use. It does not appear that this would provide any notable benefits to the community. The proposed agricultural after-use would provide few economic benefits. The operator may, however, wish to make a contribution towards the creation of multi-user trails, which are proposed in the vicinity of this site.

ASSESSMENT (-) Few benefits from the proposed after-use

Cumulative Impact

1.8.21 There are no significant impacts of present mineral extraction in the area but there has been extraction in the past

ASSESSMENT (-)There are not any current mineral workings in the area but there have been workings in the past

Airport Safeguarding Birdstrike Issue - Potential Risk to Aircraft Safety

1.8.22 This site lies outside the 13km zone for East Midlands Airport but inside the 3km zone for Derby Airport adjacent to the site. Only light aircraft use this airport but due to the proximity to the site this will still be an important consideration.

ASSESSMENT (-) Site lies in an area where there is a high potential risk of birdstrike



Water Environment - Flooding

1.8.23 The site lies within the highest flood zone 3.

ASSESSMENT (--) Site lies within Flood Zone 3 highest risk of flooding

Water Environment - Groundwater

1.8.24 The site does not lie within a Groundwater Source Protection Zone.


Water Environment - Aquifer Protection

1.8.25 This site lies on a minor aquifer.


Ecology - Existing impacts from mineral extraction

1.8.26 Previous sites reclaimed by nature - essentially no impact.

ASSESSMENT (--) Only localised, limited impacts associated with mineral extraction within or adjacent to the site

Ecology - UK, regional and local BAPs priority habitats and species

1.8.27 Complex of habitats very characteristic of the Dove valley i.e. oxbows with open water, wet woodland, potential veteran crack willows, alder, ditches, osier beds, Hilton Brook with in-stream and marginal habitats. All priority habitats which need assessment against WS criteria. Good for waders.

ASSESSMENT (--) Extensive areas of positive ecological value, including UK priority habitats or species which should be considered for protection/conservation

Ecology - Ecological coherence/Natural Areas, Wildlife Corridors/Linkages

1.8.28 High internal coherence and with surrounding areas, strong affinity with river, many characteristic habitats of the natural area.

ASSESSMENT (--)The proposed site accords with the established habitats over a wider area and habitat pattern is strong

Ecology - Habitat Creation

1.8.29 Existing habitats are intact and make a strong contribution to priority biodiversity targets for conservation. There is no requirement for biodiversity enhancement within the site.

ASSESSMENT (--)Existing habitats are intact and make a strong contribution to priority biodiversity targets for conservation and there is strong ecological coherence within the site; habitat creation would not enhance the site or the wider area

Landscape and Visual Amenity - Existing Impact

1.8.30 The site is located to the east of Hilton and lies outside the Sherwood Sandstone area. There are only localised moderate impacts from mineral extraction in the immediate locality and these are not visually apparent when on site.

ASSESSMENT (-) There are only localised, low impacts associated with past mineral extraction

Landscape and Visual Amenity - Existing Infrastructure

1.8.31 There is no existing infrastructureassociated with this site or within the immediate locality. The infrastructurefor this site would need to be developed.

ASSESSMENT (--) There is no existing infrastructure and this will need to be developed for the proposed site to be operated

Landscape and Visual Amenity - Strength of Landscape Character

1.8.32 This site strongly accords with the established character of the Riverside Meadows. The landscape is intact and in good condition. Key characteristics include small fields of unimproved pasture, watercourse trees, pollarded willows, potential veteran trees, large dense mixed species hedgerows and an oxbow lake.

ASSESSMENT (--) The site accords with the established landscape character and is in good condition

Landscape and Visual Amenity - Visual Impact

1.8.33 The site has few visual receptorsalthough abridleway crosses a significant section of the site making several parts of the site visible.

ASSESSMENT (-) The site has some visual receptors and some parts of the site will be visible

Historic Environment - Designated Sites & settings

1.8.34 None known in the area.

ASSESSMENT (+) No perceivable impact on a designation

Historic Environment - Archaeological Environment

1.8.35 Contiguous blocks of ridge and furrow surviving. No known artefacts in usual sense but Egginton Common gravels known to contain Palaeolithic hand axes in some numbers and are an important source for finds of this period.Palaeochannels present in the western half of site including former oxbow with standing water.

ASSESSMENT (--) Extensive, visible and interpretable earthworks and known archaeology with high potential for buried remains

Historic Environment - Historic Landscape

1.8.36 Many of the current field boundaries are present on the 1849 tithe map but they may be much earlier enclosures of open fields.

ASSESSMENT (--) Evidence of multi period landscape and intact field pattern

Best and Most Versatile Agricultural Land

1.8.37 None of this site lies within an area where more than 60% of the land is likely to be best and most versatile agricultural land.

ASSESSMENT (++) Site lies within an area where there is a low likelihood of bmv land