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Minerals evidence

The council is the minerals planning authority (MPA) for the whole of South Gloucestershire.

It is essential that there is a sufficient supply of minerals to provide the infrastructure, buildings, energy and goods that the country needs. Since minerals are a finite natural resource, and can only be worked where they are found, best use needs to be made of them to secure their long-term conservation.

National Planning Policy Framework, paragraph 203.

In its role as the MPA, the council is required through national planning policy to plan for the steady and adequate supply of aggregates (National Planning Policy Framework, paragraph 207). It does this by:

Preparing a Local Aggregate Assessment (LAA)

The 2007-2016 West of England LAA includes the most up to date available data on permitted reserves and production for crushed rock as at the end of 2016. It has been prepared jointly by Bath & North East Somerset Council, Bristol City Council, North Somerset Council and South Gloucestershire Council, the four unitary authorities which together comprise the West of England (WoE) sub region. The LAA is part of the evidence base to inform the Local Plan of each of these four authorities.

Participating in the operation of an Aggregate Working Party (AWP)

Details of the AWP can be found here.

Making provision for land-won aggregates in our Local Plan

The minerals development plan for South Gloucestershire currently comprises the:

  • Core Strategy (2013); and the
  • Policies, Sites and Places (PSP) Plan (2017).

A background paper relating to minerals is available to view.

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