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Minerals Local Plan

The new Minerals Local Plan (being prepared jointly with Derby City Council) will replace the existing Minerals Local Plan (adopted in 2000 and amended in 2002).


It will guide mineral-related development within Derby and Derbyshire (outside the Peak District National Park) until 2030 by setting out where we expect quarrying and mining to take place and the principles we will use to decide planning applications over this period.

News and updates

March 2018

We are consulting on the next stage in the preparation of the Minerals Local Plan. You can view the plan documents and have your say online. The information about the Towards a Minerals Local Plan: Spring 2018 consultation is available on the Derbyshire Partnership website. Comments received at previous consultation stages have been used to develop this latest version of the plan which sets out:

  • a draft vision, objectives and strategic sustainability principles
  • a draft strategy for each of the important minerals within the plan area to ensure their supply throughout the plan period to 2030
  • a set of draft policies which will be used to assess and determine planning applications for mineral development
  • the draft allocation of specific sites for working sand and gravel, industrial limestone and brick clay

This consultation provides an opportunity for you to let us know your views on these matters before the plan is finalised and submitted to the Secretary of State in 2019. The consultation will run for eight weeks, ending on Friday 18 May 2018. We will be holding a series of drop-in sessions throughout the county where our officers will be available to discuss the plan. These will be held at the following locations:

  • Chapel-en-le-Frith Library, Thursday 5 April 2018, 2pm to 6.30pm
  • Barrow on Trent Village Hall, Thursday 5 April 2018, 11.30am to 6.30pm
  • Dronfield Library, Monday 9 April 2018, 11.30am to 6.30pm
  • Ripley Library, Thursday 12 April 2018, 11.30am to 6.30pm
  • Bolsover Library, Friday 13 April 2018, 11.30am to 6.30pm
  • Long Eaton Library, Wednesday 18 April 2018, 11.30am to 6.30pm
  • Chesterfield Library, Tuesday 24 April 2018, 11.30am to 6.30pm
  • Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale, Thursday 3 May 2018, 11.30am to 6.30pm

January 2018

The Local Aggregates Assessment (LAA) 2017 sets out the current and future situation in Derbyshire, Derby and the Peak District National Park with regard to all aspects of aggregate supply, in particular, setting out the amount of land won aggregate that the area will need to provide in the coming years. The full document is attached to this page.

November 2016

We're continuing to consider comments that were received during the recent rolling consultation, and we're preparing the draft plan in light of these. 

Further papers have also been published. These include the Site Assessment Methodology for Hard Rock Quarries and the detailed assessments for sites that have been put forward for hard rock quarries.

The proposed sites are an extension to Whitwell Quarry, an extension to Ashwood Dale Quarry, an extension to Brassington Moor Quarry, an extension to Mouselow Quarry and a new quarry for building stone at Bent Lane, Darley Dale. We're now inviting comments on these papers until 28 February 2017.

The information about the Towards a Minerals Local Plan for Derbyshire and Derby - Hard Rock Sites consultation is available on the Derbyshire Partnership website.

April 2016

We are continuing to consider comments that have been received during the rolling consultation, and are in the process of amending the papers to take them into account. Further papers have been published. These include a paper on hydrocarbons and also papers on the draft vision and objectives and the sand and gravel site methodology and assessments. We are now inviting comments on all papers until 12 June 2016.

The information about the Towards a Minerals Local Plan for Derbyshire and Derby is available on the Derbyshire Partnership website.

March 2015

This rolling consultation represents the next stage in engaging the wider community of Derbyshire and Derby in developing the vision, objectives, strategies and policies of the Minerals Local Plan. We're inviting comments and suggestions on elements of the plan through a series of consultation strategy papers and their respective supporting papers. The information regarding Towards a Minerals Local Plan for Derbyshire and Derby is available on the Derbyshire Partnership website.

October / November 2012

Drop-in sessions held in communities affected by proposals for future sand and gravel extraction in the Trent, Derwent and Dove Valleys. More information regarding these sessions and the strategy for future sand and gravel extraction is available on the Derbyshire Partnership website.

August 2011

Responses to key issues and options consultation and the summary now available.

April 2010

Issues and options report and evidence-based papers are published, available on the Derbyshire Partnership website.

September 2009

Key issues workshop was held.

March 2009

Plan preparation began.