What this consultation is about
We are seeking views on the sand and gravel supply from the area.
Following changes to the National Planning Policy Framework, which require local plans to cover a 15 year period post adoption, the councils have extended the plan period to 2036.
The resultant need to plan for an additional 6 years of supply has led to a re-examination of supply options. This has determined that sufficient supplies of most minerals are already available or identified in the draft plan for the extended plan period without the need to identify further resources for the extended plan period.
It has found, however, that there is a need to identify further resources of sand and gravel to cater for the extended plan period. These will be found in the main sand and gravel resource in the south of the county in the Trent, Derwent and Lower Dove valleys. As part of this process, sand and gravel operators in the county have been asked if they wished to promote additional sites for working in line with the extended plan period.
In response, 3 further sites for the extraction of sand and gravel have been suggested by mineral companies. These sites, along with the other 5 sites that had been suggested previously, have been assessed using the same methodology to determine which sites have the greatest potential for working and which, therefore, should be included as allocations in the Minerals Local Plan.
As a result of the assessments, the sites which have been proposed as allocations are located at:
- Swarkestone North
- Swarkestone South
This consultation consists of four documents:
- the main consultation document
- the site assessment methodology
- the site assessments
- the deliverability schedule
Comments received at this stage of consultation will be used to inform the next stage in the preparation of the proposed draft plan. This will cover all minerals in the Plan area, and is anticipated to be ready for consultation in spring 2021.