Towards a Minerals Local Plan for Derbyshire and Derby

Towards a Vision and Objectives

National Planning Policy and Legislation

2.1       Whilst all local plans should reflect and respond to the particular circumstances and requirements of the individual area they cover, national planning policy and legislation sets out guidelines and requirements for the preparation and form of such plans. The new minerals local plan will fulfil the requirements which are summarised below.

2.2       Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012

This regulation was introduced as part of the Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. It sets out how local plans should be prepared, including procedures for public participation, the form and content of plans and procedures leading to adoption. Accordingly, plans must meet these requirements in order to fulfil the purposes of local plans and provide for the development needs of the area. It is recognised that the inclusion of statements on the Vision and Objectives now represents best practice.

2.3       National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) 2012

The NPPF states that the main purpose of the planning system is to deliver sustainable development, including sustainable mineral development and the effective and efficient use of those resources once they have been extracted from the ground. It states that sustainable development has three elements: economic, social and environmental. With regard to Development Plan making, it states that “local authorities should seek opportunities to meet the development needs of their area” and therefore delivering sustainable development involves meeting those development needs whilst balancing the three elements of sustainability. It also requires authorities to set out the strategic priorities for their area in the local plan and these are usually expressed as part of the Vision and Objectives. Chapter 13 of the NPPF sets out national minerals planning policy and provides the parameters within which we must develop the policies and proposals of the new minerals local plan.

Further details of the provisions of the NPPF relating to minerals development can be found in the Vision and Objectives Supporting Paper, January 2016.

2.4       National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG) 2014

This document supports the NPPF and provides further guidance on planning for mineral extraction in the plan making process and for the processing of planning applications for minerals development. It recognises the importance of minerals to sustaining the well-being of our society and economy but also recognises a number of special characteristics not present in other forms of development. It recognises that minerals are a finite resource and can only be worked where they are found which limits the choice of sites for extraction. It recognises that mineral working can have both adverse and positive environmental effects and provides guidance on the mitigation of those adverse effects. It states that mineral planning authorities should plan for the steady and adequate supply of minerals and provides advice about how this should be incorporated into minerals local plans.  

Further details of these plans are available in the Vision and Objectives Supporting Paper, January 2016