Towards a Minerals Local Plan for Derbyshire and Derby

Towards a Strategy for the Restoration and After Care of Former Mineral Workings

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8.1       In order to deliver a comprehensive strategy for the restoration of mineral workings, covering all parts of the Plan area and all the different minerals which are extracted, a balance has to be struck between a number of competing interests. Issues such as flood alleviation, conservation, biodiversity enhancement, bird strike, groundwater and community requirements must all be taken into consideration. The approach of the Plan to resolving these issues will be set out in r strategic policy which will be relevant to all mineral developments. It is also likely that the Plan will include additional, more specific guidance for the restoration of sand and gravel sites in the Trent Valley (Trent Valley Restoration Strategy) and for quarries in the carboniferous limestone area (Strategy for Restoring Hard Rock Quarries). Specific restoration principles will also be set out for new sites which are allocated for mineral extraction in the Plan.

8.2       Taking account of all the issues and information that is set out above, the following approach to restoration is emerging.





Emerging Approach for the Restoration and After-Use of Mineral Sites

Planning proposals for all mineral extraction schemes will have to demonstrate that, from the outset of the preparation of the application, provision has been made for the restoration and sustainable after-use of the site. The general policy approach to restoration and after-use will be set out in a strategic policy in the Minerals Local Plan. Restoration schemes for allocated sites should also be in accordance with the specific, more detailed principles for those particular sites.

The following requirements and criteria could be included in the strategic policy:

1.      Restoration schemes will need to demonstrate, where applicable, that the scheme complies with any specific restoration strategy for that area, for example the Trent Valley Strategy or the Strategy for Hard Rock Quarries.

2.      Restoration should be sympathetic to and have regard to the wider context of the site, in terms of the character of the surrounding landscape and historic environment and existing land uses in the area.

3.      Schemes should, where appropriate, make provision for progressive restoration

4.      Schemes should provide details of the final landform on which the restoration scheme is based and include indicative details of the drainage system and landscaping, including the retention of any existing, important landscape features.

5.      Where restoration will involve the use of imported materials to achieve the intended ground levels the operator will be required to demonstrate that sufficient infill materials are likely to be available to restore the site within an acceptable timescale.

6.      Schemes will need to indicate how soils and subsoils are to be removed, stored during the extraction operations and finally replaced, in accordance with established best practice.



7.      Development proposals will need to demonstrate how the scheme will retain, enhance and/or replace areas of the best and most versatile agricultural land.

8.      Demonstrate that flood risk on the site or in the surrounding area would not be increased and any opportunities to reduce flooding would be maximised.

9.      Where sites lie within an Airport Safeguarding Zone, the issue of bird strike and its impact on the final restoration scheme will be considered carefully.

10.  Where possible, proposals should seek to provide benefits to the local and wider community including enhancement and creation of biodiversity and geodiversity interests, linking of site restoration to other green infrastructure initiatives, enhanced landscape character, improved public access, recreation, education, employment or tourism opportunities.

11.  The restoration plan should be sufficiently flexible to accommodate changes in design needed during the lifetime of the scheme without affecting the integrity of the overall scheme, including allowing for adaptation to the effects of climate change.

12.  Cumulative effects associated with reclamation and long-term management should be considered at the outset of the application process, with a view to minimising impacts and optimising potential benefits.

13.  To ensure that an appropriate period of aftercare is agreed to enable the site to be restored to a standard suitable for its intended after-use.

14.  Developers will be required to demonstrate that adequate financial provision has been made to fulfil the restoration and aftercare requirements when proposals are submitted. Alternatively, developers will be required to provide a Restoration Guarantee Bond or other financial guarantee to cover all or part of the restoration and aftercare costs.



Do you support this approach? If you consider that additional requirements and criteria should be included please state the terms of your suggestion and explain the reasons for your answer.