Minerals and Waste

Mineral Planning

The Department for Communities and Local Government have recently published a number of relevant documents, specifically Guidance on the Managed Aggregate Supply System and Mineral Extraction in Great Britain 2011.

The council is a member of the South East of England Aggregates Working Party (SEEAWP), which helps it to fulfil its duty to co-operate with other mineral authorities in the south east and to ensure an adequate supply of minerals. The minutes of the most recent SEEAWP meeting can be found by clicking here. (PDF, 144KB, 6 pages)

Aggregate working parties provide technical advice about the supply demand for aggregates (including sand, gravel and crushed rock) to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and mineral planning authorities.

The aggregate working parties publish annual monitoring reports that show the balance of the supply of aggregates in terms of landbanks. These reports allow industry and mineral planning authorities to agree on the basic facts of aggregates supply, particularly about reserves and landbanks. They provide the only regular comprehensive statistics on minerals planning and often the most detailed information on production and the end uses of minerals. They also provide information on recycling activities, progress on minerals development plans and how landbank requirements are dealt with in each region.

Every fourth year the aggregate working parties contribute to an expanded aggregate minerals survey, including data on the transportation of aggregates. The survey allows levels of consumption of and demand for aggregates by region to be assessed.

The requirement to produce an annual Local Aggregate Assessment (LAA) was introduced through the publication of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in March 2012. The third LAA, LAA 2015, produced by the council in its role as a mineral planning authority, aims to meet the requirements of both the NPPF and the Managed Aggregate Supply System. 

The NPPF states that when preparing LAAs mineral planning authorities should take the advice of an Aggregate Working Party into account. The South East England Aggregate Working Party was consulted in April 2016 on the final draft of the LAA 2015. Following this consultation SEEAWP approved the LAA.