Towards a Minerals Local Plan for Derbyshire and Derby

Towards a Strategy for Sand and Gravel

More Recent Information

7       Most Recent Information

7.1    At the time that the draft LAA was published for comment, the East Midlands Aggregates Working Party (EMAWP) agreed an approach whereby the future apportionments should be based on the average sales figure of the previous 10 years.  The most recent 2013 production figures for sand and gravel have also been collected since that time.  These show that production of sand and gravel is at 0.82 million tonnes.  This now means that for the most recent 3 years (2011-2013), production of sand and gravel has averaged 0.91 million tonnes, and for the last 10 years, the average is 1.09 million tonnes. 


Further, more detailed information can be found in the Derbyshire, Derby and Peak District National Park Local Aggregate Assessment, 2014.



7.2    Having taken account of comments received at the community drop-in sessions and those received through the recent publication of the draft LAA, the Sustainability Appraisal, as well as the approach agreed recently at the EMAWP, and also taking account of the most recent sales figures, we consider now that the most appropriate approach will be to use the average figure of the previous 10 years of sales on which to base future apportionment of aggregates and to not apply an additional 10%.  For the remainder of the Plan period (2014-2030) this means that the Plan area should provide around 18.5 million tonnes of sand and gravel.  Annual monitoring of sand and gravel sales and landbanks will be undertaken and this will identify changes in the economy and thus any significant increase or decrease in demand.  Based on this information, the apportionment figure will be reviewed if needed, during the plan period.   

7.3    Existing reserves of sand and gravel were 9.4mt at end of 2013.  This means that sites will have to be allocated in the Minerals Local Plan for a further 9.1mt of sand and gravel to provide for the current identified requirement to 2030.