Towards a Minerals Local Plan for Derbyshire and Derby

Towards a Strategy for Vein Minerals

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

 

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

 

This paper discusses the emerging strategy for how we approach the provision for vein minerals over the Plan period. It summarises the main messages from previous consultation exercises and presents a number of options for the approach of the new Plan. It identifies those vein minerals which have previously been worked in Derbyshire, and those for which known resources are still potentially available for extraction.

 

It identifies the main planning issues associated with vein mineral extraction. This includes a review of national planning policy and known information about the extent and location of the remaining reserves. This later aspect is particularly important to the approach to future extraction and the inter-relationship of this Plan with that for the Peak District National Park area.