Towards a Minerals Local Plan for Derbyshire and Derby

Towards a Strategy for Safeguarding Minerals Infrastructure

National Planning Policy Considerations

2.1       National policy and guidance for the safeguarding of minerals infrastructure is set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (2012). In paragraph 143, the NPPF states that, “…local planning authorities should…safeguard:

  • existing, planned and potential rail heads, rail links to quarries, wharfage and associated storage, handling and processing facilities for the bulk transport of minerals by rail, sea or inland waterways, including recycled, secondary and marine-dredged materials; and
  • existing, planned and potential sites for concrete batching, the manufacture of coated materials, other concrete products and the handling, processing and distribution of substitute, recycled and secondary aggregate material.”

2.2       National Planning Practice Guidance (2014) states that planning authorities should safeguard existing, planned and potential storage, handling and transport sites to:

  • ensure that sites for these purposes are available should they be needed; and
  • prevent sensitive or inappropriate development that would conflict with the use of sites identified for these purposes.

2.3       It goes on to explain that in areas where there are county and district authorities, responsibility for safeguarding facilities and sites for the storage, handling and transport of minerals in local plans will rest largely with the district planning authority. Exceptions will be where such facilities and sites are located at quarries or aggregate wharves or rail terminals.

2.4       It concludes by stating that planning authorities should consider the possibility of combining safeguarded sites for storage, handling and transport of minerals with those for the processing and distribution of recycled and secondary aggregate. This will require close co-operation between planning authorities.