Towards a Minerals Local Plan for Derbyshire and Derby

Towards a Strategy for Transporting Minerals

Progress so Far

5          Progress so far – What you have said and how we have responded

Stakeholder Workshop 2009

5.1       We held a stakeholder workshop in 2009, which scoped the issues to be addressed in the Plan.  Stakeholders recognised the need for mineral extraction, provided that its impact on communities and the environment is minimised. The impact of transporting minerals on communities was raised as a major concern. This issue will be taken into account in developing the emerging vision, objectives and strategies of the Plan.

Issues and Options Consultations 2010

5.2       The Issues and Options Paper, published in 2010 included the following draft vision setting out what the transportation of minerals will be like in 2030.

‘Minerals will be transported more sustainably, the adverse environmental effects of their transportation will have been be minimised, including the effects of moving minerals long distances and the effects on communities, and opportunities will have been taken to achieve a modal shift in their transportation.’

5.3     The Paper also included strategic objectives for minerals development which would deliver the vision and be translated into a spatial strategy and policies. The specific objective for minerals transportation was:

  • To make the best use of existing infrastructure and ensure that new infrastructure provision encourages opportunities for sustainable means of transporting minerals. 5.4     The Paper identifies that the sustainable transport of minerals is regarded as an issue where the policy approach is clear and therefore could be addressed in the future through the development of generic transport policies, without the need to develop alternative strategies. Respondents to the Paper, at this stage, supported the need to transport minerals more sustainably and cited not only the environmental and community benefits that alternatives to road transport would provide but also the economic benefits, in that rail transport could open up wider markets for minerals extracted in the Plan area.

    More detailed evidence can be found in the following Papers:

    Derby and Derbyshire Minerals Plan: Issues and Options Consultation Paper, 2010

    Responses to Derby and Derbyshire Minerals Plan Issues and Options Consultation Paper, 2011






Sustainability Appraisal of the Issues and Options Paper 2010

5.5     The purpose of the Sustainability Appraisal (SA) process is to promote sustainable development through better integration of sustainability considerations throughout the preparation of the Plan. The process involves testing the Plan against a series of sustainability objectives which if achieved will deliver sustainable development. Where the SA recommends improvements to the Plan these will be incorporated. A sustainability appraisal was carried out on the Issues and Options Paper.


The SA interim Report identifies transport as a key topic that needs to be considered in addressing the likely significant effects of the Plan. The sustainability objective identified for transport, that the Plan’s policies will be tested against, is to minimise traffic levels, journey lengths, the number of road traffic related accidents, and to encourage sustainable forms of transport in the Plan area.