The public consultation is part of a review of the Derbyshire and Derby Minerals Local Plan jointly managed by the 2 authorities.
The review has been prompted by recent changes to government planning policy and the need to look again at the supply of sand and gravel in South Derbyshire and to decide whether further resources will be needed.
Sand and gravel operators in Derbyshire were asked if they wish to promote additional sites for minerals working that could be included in an extension to the Minerals Local Plan. In response 3 further sites for the extraction of sand and gravel at Twyford, Foston and Foremark were suggested by mineral companies.
These 3 sites, along with five previously suggested, were assessed by the 2 councils to determine which sites have the greatest potential for working and should be included in the Minerals Local Plan.
As a result, the sites that are proposed to be included in the plan are located at:
- Swarkestone (North of River Trent)
- Swarkestone (South of River Trent)
These sites would provide enough sand and gravel to meet expected demand identified in the plan up to the year 2036.
Views are now being sought on these draft proposals before work on the plan continues.
Councillor Martyn Ford, Chair of the Derbyshire and Derby Development Plans Joint Advisory Committee said:
“Minerals are important to our way of life, not only in building houses, factories and roads, but also in the manufacture of a huge range of everyday products such as paints, paper and toothpaste. They are also important in the production of energy used to heat our homes and fuel our industries.
“Derbyshire is rich in minerals, making the county one of the most important in the UK for resources particularly limestone.
“But the same geology which gives rise to this wealth of resources also creates the striking landscapes which are important to Derbyshire people, the visitor industry and the local economy.
“Unfortunately, mineral working almost always causes some impact on the environment and local communities. The challenge now is to find the best balance between these competing interests, and this is where we need local people to help by completing the consultation.”
The consultation closes for comments on Sunday 13 December.