A controversial plan that identified sites for possible sand and gravel extraction is to be reviewed.

One of the first acts of the new Conservative-led administration at Nottinghamshire County Council has been to look again at the county's Minerals Local Plan.

The document sets out policies and potential sites for future mineral quarries.

A motion to review the quarrying element of the plan will be discussed by the full council at a meeting on Thursday.

Sites identified for sand and gravel extraction are Coddington, Flash Farm at Averham, Shelford — part of the area represented by Conservative group leader Kay Cutts — Barnby Moor and Botany Bay.

The draft plan was due to be considered by a Government appointed planning inspector in June when representatives of community groups and minerals companies would have been able to have their say about the proposals.

More up-to-date figures than were applied when the process of drawing up the plan began five years ago cast doubt on the amount of sand and gravel required for development in Nottinghamshire.

Latest figures from the Local Aggregates Assessment for 2006-2015 suggest a lower than anticipated demand.

County councillors believe the new figures call into question the need for all of the additional sand and gravel quarries provisionally allocated in the draft plan.

The latest assessment of demand is due to be published in July/August and councillors believe it is right to pause the draft Minerals Local Plan process.

Conservative member Mr Bruce Laughton has been involved in the fight to stop Flash Farm becoming a site for quarrying and was among the first to point out that the figures regarding the quarrying element of the plan were out of date.

"This is a victory for common sense," said Mr Laughton.

"The previous administration had ample opportunity to take on board our observations.

"As I've been saying all along, the figures are out of date.

"It means the council will have to go out to consultation again and it means we've added probably around nine months to the process.

"There is a cost implication to it but we would have had to have gone through the whole process again anyway because the process was flawed.

"I believe we are speeding up the process rather than slowing it down because it would have come back to us for the up-to-date figures to be applied.

"We would have gone to speak before the inspector.

"I was in the process of writing my submission before the election and I do believe that the inspector would have agreed with us.

"This is an important fight because this gravel extraction would have had significant impact on rural communities."

Mr Laughton said his party was not against gravel extraction because aggregates were needed, but that it needed to happen in appropriate locations.

Mr John Cottee, chairman of the communities and place committee, said: “We want to make sure we provide the right amount of sand and gravel to meet the needs of people living and working in our county.

"We also have a duty to local communities affected by future sand and gravel quarries to make sure we use the most up-to-date data to anticipate demand for minerals.

"The draft Minerals Local Plan uses figures that are almost 15 years-old to work out future projections for sand and gravel demand.

"We believe it is sensible to use the very latest figures available to us which show that expected demand for sand and gravel is not as strong as anticipated.

"By pausing the draft Minerals Local Plan process now, we can make sure we use the most recent data available to prepare the document. This is an important decision and we need to make sure we get it right.”