The Minerals Local Plan for Nottinghamshire, which sets out the future strategy for
The Report states that the plan should now be adopted, provided several modifications are made. The formal adoption of the Plan will be debated at this week’s Full Council meeting at County Hall (March 25).
As well as including policies addressing the social and environmental aspects of mineral working, the plan also identifies the location of future minerals sites to meet expected future demand.
The County Council began preparing the plan in November 2017 and has received feedback from hundreds of individuals and organisations including neighbouring county councils, districts and parish councils, statutory bodies, the minerals industry, interest groups and members of the public.
Minerals are used to build everything around us – our homes, roads, schools and workplaces, as well as to generate the heat and electricity we need. Nottinghamshire is rich in a wide range of minerals, including sand and gravel, gypsum and brick clay, whilst other materials such as building stone, silica sand, and oil are also prevalent.
A wide range of other minerals are vital for our manufacturing, food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries and agriculture. Indeed, almost all aspects of our material well-being depend to one degree or another on minerals.
Councillor Phil Rostance, Vice Chairman of the Communities and Place Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said that he was pleased by the Inspector’s comments and that the modifications referred to in his report have been incorporated into the minerals plan.
Coun Rostance said: “I’m delighted that so many individuals and organisations responded to the various consultations over the last four years and as a result we have achieved a sound and workable plan for the future.
“The Minerals Plan represents the best balance between the extensive local, environmental and commercial interests that mineral extraction proposals often affect.
“Our aim was to ensure that our county can provide a steady and adequate supply of minerals over the next 15 years by allocating the right number of quarries in the correct locations whilst protecting and improving the environment and the quality of life of local communities.
Councillor Kay Cutts MBE, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “This is a thorough and detailed Minerals Plan and its adoption will provide the planning blueprint for assessing minerals development in Nottinghamshire over the next 15 years.
“It will also ensure that all development is carried out in a sustainable way for future generations.”