Derry Area Plan 2011
Part 12: Minerals
Building and roadstone aggregates are produced from 3 quarries in the District, shale/gritstone at Gorticross Upper, limestone at Lisbunny and sandstone at Claudy. Sand and gravel for the construction industry is presently taken from pits in the Faughan valley south of Claudy and between Drumahoe and Maydown and in the past there were several workings in the Fawney area. Geological survey work carried out in the District to the north of Drumahoe has indicated the possibility that future exploration may reveal the presence of base and/or precious metals in the District.
In assessing mineral proposals, in addition to applying the specific proposals and policies of this Plan, the Department will have regard to the policies set out in the Department’s publications “A Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland”, PPS 2 “Planning and Nature Conservation” and “Conserving Peatland in Northern Ireland” (1993).