Waste Plan: Big Choices

Derby & Derbyshire Waste Core Strategy: Big Choices Report

Chapter 5 Different Parts of the Plan Area

North-Eastern Derbyshire

5.1 This north-eastern part of the plan area contains one of the two landfill sites in the plan area, the Erin Void, which has capacity, if filled at the current rate, to take mixed and hazardous waste until 2020

5.2 North-Eastern Derbyshire adjoins Nottinghamshire and the Sheffield / Rotherham part of the Yorkshire & Humberside region.

5.3 There are quite a few towns and villages containing previously-developed land which is often in a derelict state, left by former colliery and engineering works. Much of that land has potential for development. It is often close to settlements which grew up near or around it.

5,4 There is some very fine countryside in North-Eastern Derbyshire, both in the coal-mining areas of recent history and, further west, on the fringes of the Peak Park.

5.5 The regional plan says that in this area the broad pattern of waste management facilities should combine a centralised strategy of larger facilities on previously used land (including former colliery land) with the expansion of existing facilities.

5.6 The expansion of existing waste facilities in this part of the region could have implications for those deprived communities which already have high concentrations of such activities.

North-Western Derbyshire

5.7 The towns of High Peak Borough are remote from the rest of the plan area (for example, Chesterfield is 33 miles by road from Glossop and there is not a direct rail link between the towns). At present, other places, including parts of Greater Manchester, which is in the North West Region of the country, deal with large proportions of the area’s waste.

5.8 North-Western Derbyshire has, at Arden Quarry near Hayfield, one of the county’s two landfill sites that are suitable for taking commercial, industrial and municipal waste. The site has capacity to continue taking waste, at current rates of fill, until 2020.

5.9 There appears to be space for the Arden Quarry landfill site to expand but that would require a new planning permission from the county council and a new licence from the Environment Agency.

5.10 To avoid impacts on the Peak District National Park, the regional plan says that waste management development within North-Western Derbyshire should be no more than sufficient to accommodate small-scale facilities serving the area’s needs. So, the development of large-scale waste management facilities in North-Western Derbyshire would normally be contrary to the regional plan.

5.11 The regional plan does not define “large-scale” and “small-scale” but there is evidence[1] that, in this instance, the following sizes were intended:-

  • large scale recycling & composting facilities would be able to process more than 75,000 tonnes of waste each year,
  • large scale thermal or MBT[2] plants: 300,000 tonnes or more,
  • small scale recycling & composting facilities: 25,000 tonnes or less,
  • small scale thermal or MBT plants: 150,00 tonnes or less.

See Big Choices B & E in chapter 5.

City and Southern Derbyshire

5.12 Derby is the largest settlement of the plan area. It provides a quarter of the population.

5.13 At present, much of the City’s waste is taken out of the area for treatment to recover valuable materials or to be landfilled. That picture is changing and, by the time that our plan is adopted, it is possible that there will be at least one large-scale treatment plant in the City. However, there will be a need for more treatment or energy-recovery facilities to serve this area before 2020.

5.14 There will also be a need for more landfill space somewhere in the City and Southern Derbyshire unless an alternative is provided. Possible alternatives would be:-

  • The construction in the City and Southern Derbyshire of sufficient treatment or recovery plants to deal with the waste that would have been landfilled.
  • The continued use of sites and facilities outside the area.
  • A major reduction in the quantities of wastes of all sorts produced by all sections of the community.

5.15 It may not be possible to find a suitable site for landfill in the Derby area without major environmental impacts of the sort that would not normally be acceptable. However, that may become necessary, in the absence of any of the alternatives mentioned above.

5.16 The regional plan requires new development (not specifically waste management development) to be concentrated primarily in and adjoining the principal urban areas of the region. The only “principal urban area” in the area covered by our waste plan is Derby. Long Eaton, Ilkeston and Swadlincote, which are in the City and Southern Derbyshire area, are “sub-regional centres”, where “appropriate development of a lesser scale” should be located.

5.17 According to the regional plan, the Derby area is deficient in recycling and recovery capacity. It says there should be a centralised pattern of larger facilities, drawing on the area’s advantages of:-

  • Close proximity of waste arisings.
  • Transport network including opportunities for transport by rail and water
  • The availability of previously developed land and buildings.
  • Potentially compatible land uses.

5.18 The regional plan does not say that more landfill space should be provided in this area. So we could choose a no-landfill option for City and Southern Derbyshire provided that the option incorporated a realistic alternative means of dealing with the waste.

See Big Choices A & E in chapter 5.

1. "Waste Planning Guidance for the East Midlands Regional Assembley", August 2006, SLR [back]
2. See Types of Facilities Paper for explanations of "thermal" and "MBT" [back]