Towards a Minerals Local Plan for Derbyshire and Derby

Towards a Restoration Strategy for Carboniferous Limestone Quarries

Review of Old Mineral Permissions Process

3          Review of Old Mineral Permissions (ROMP) process

3.1       The Review of Old Mineral Permissions (ROMP) process was established to enable the Mineral Planning Authority (MPA) to review and improve older planning permissions by imposing revised or new operating, restoration and aftercare conditions to ensure that sites, particularly those with long timescales, operate to continuously high working and environmental standards. The Initial Review process, introduced by the 1995 Environment Act, allowed the MPA to update the older mineral planning permissions by imposing improved operating, restoration and aftercare conditions upon the sites.

3.2       The Periodic Review process enables the MPA to continually review and update conditions to ensure that sites, particularly those with long timescales, operate to continuously high working and environmental standards. There are limitations on the modifications to conditions which the MPA can make in that it may be liable for compensation claims for restrictions on the winning and working of minerals or the depositing of mineral waste if the revisions 'prejudice adversely and to an unreasonable degree the economic viability of operating the site or the asset value of the site'.

3.3       Under the ‘Review’ process, mineral permissions without time limits were given a common expiry date of 2042. At that time, where workable deposits remain, an application for renewal will need to be made.