Towards a Minerals Local Plan for Derbyshire and Derby

Towards a Strategy for Aggregate Crushed Rock

National Policy Considerations

2       National Policy Considerations

2.1     The parts of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) (2012) which are relevant to crushed rock are to:

  • through the preparation of a Local Aggregate Assessment , for mineral planning authorities (MPAs) to plan for an adequate and steady supply of aggregate in order to assist in sustainable economic growth and improving our quality of life
  • encourage and make provision for the production of secondary and recycled aggregates to minimise the requirement for primary aggregates
  • safeguard minerals of national and local importance and develop policies to encourage the extraction of important minerals prior to development
  • ensure that mineral extraction does not have unacceptable adverse effects on communities and the environment and high standards of restoration and aftercare of mineral sites are promoted
  • maintain a landbank of aggregate crushed rock to provide at least 10 years supply.

2.2     National Planning Practice Guidance (2014) explains that the Managed Aggregate Supply System seeks to ensure a steady and adequate supply of aggregate mineral, to handle the significant geographical imbalances in the occurrence of suitable natural aggregate resources, and the areas where they are most needed. It requires MPAs which have adequate resources of aggregates to make an appropriate contribution to national as well as local supply.

2.3     It sets out that at the local level, MPAs should prepare local aggregate assessments (LAAs) which should include a forecast of the demand for aggregates based on both the rolling average of 10-years sales data and other relevant local information and an analysis of all aggregate supply options.  It should also look at average sales over the last three years to identify the general trend of demand as part of the consideration of whether it might be appropriate to increase supply.  LAAs will be monitored on a sub-national and national level.

2.4     It also sets out that aggregate landbanks should be used as a trigger for a mineral planning authority to review the current provision of aggregates in its area and consider whether to conduct a review of the allocation of sites in the relevant Local Plan. 

2.5     It also states that the suitability of each proposed site, whether an extension to an existing site or a new site, must be considered on its individual merits, taking into account issues such as:

  • the need for the specific mineral
  • the economic considerations (such being able to continue to extract the resource, retaining jobs, being able to utilise existing plant and other infrastructure)
  • the positive and negative environmental impacts (including the feasibility of a strategic approach to restoration)
  • the cumulative impact of proposals in an area.