Development at Ratcliffe-on-Soar

Welcome to our public consultation to outline proposals by British Gypsum for the prior extraction of gypsum on land to the north-east of the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station. This land forms part of the Local Development Order (LDO) approved for the site.

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Background to development at Ratcliffe-on-Soar

A Local Development Order (LDO) was approved by Rushcliffe Borough Council on 13th July 2023. This sets out plans for redevelopment of the Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station site once the plant has finished generating at the end of September 2024.

As part of the LDO, a potential gypsum resource area was identified, for which we have historic mineral ownership. Unless the gypsum is extracted before surface development takes place, this important mineral will become inaccessible and therefore impossible to extract in the future.

The LDO included a provision for British Gypsum to bring forward plans, and a subsequent planning application, for the extraction of gypsum at Ratcliffe in an accelerated way. A planning application for gypsum extraction is required to be submitted to Nottinghamshire County Council (as Minerals Planning Authority) within nine months of the LDO decision (i.e. by 13th April 2024).

The protection of this natural gypsum deposit is recognised as important in the National Planning Policy and the Nottinghamshire Local Minerals Plan.

Our history

Mining of gypsum from the East Leake area pre-dates the modern planning system. The earliest records suggest this activity commenced in medieval times.

Since the late 19th Century British Gypsum has mined in the Nottinghamshire area with both underground and surface mines/quarries.

Gypsum mining currently takes place at Marblaegis Mine, which first began in 1914 and now covers an area of 3,850 hectares, just three miles south east of Ratcliffe-on-Soar.

 

Local geology

Like all minerals, gypsum can only be worked where it is found. In the UK, workable gypsum deposits are restricted to the:

  • Triassic strata across the Midlands
  • Purbeck strata in East Sussex
  • Permian strata across North Yorkshire and Eden Valley in Cumbria

The gypsum located at Ratcliffe is quite unique in that it is of a high-purity, close to the surface and in places very thick (up to five metres).

Our Products

British Gypsum manufactures essential products for use in buildings all around us. Our plasters and plasterboards are at the heart of homes, offices, schools and hospitals throughout the UK. You’re likely to encounter our products everyday – but probably don’t realise it.