East of England Aggregates Working Party (EEAWP)
The East of England Aggregates Working Party (EEAWP) is one of a number of technical working groups throughout England that were originally established in the 1970s to collect data on the sales of aggregate minerals, the reserves of aggregates covered by valid planning permissions and the landbanks of reserves. These technical working groups were set up on a regional basis and covered a number of county areas.
With the demise of the Regional Spatial Strategies regional planning no longer exists. However, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), issued by the Government in March 2012, requires (paragraph 145) Mineral Planning Authorities to plan for a steady and adequate supply of aggregates and sets out a number of ways of achieving this. It includes participating in the operation of an Aggregates Working Party and taking the advice of the party into account when preparing their Local Aggregate Assessment.
The membership of EEAWP is drawn from the Mineral Planning Authorities in the former East of England Region:
- Bedfordshire Authorities (Bedford Borough, Luton and Central Bedfordshire Councils)
- Cambridgeshire County Council
- Essex County Council
- Hertfordshire County Council
- Norfolk County Council
- Peterborough City Council
- Suffolk County Council
- Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
- Thurrock Council
Membership also includes representatives of the Mineral Products Association (MPA) and the British Aggregates Association (BAA). Other interested parties attending include a representative from DCLG, the Environment Agency, the Marine Management Organisation, other AWP Secretaries and recycling and demolition companies.
Chairman is Andrew Cook, Head of Planning, Environment and Economic Growth at Essex County Council.
The Secretariat is provided by The Minerals and Waste Planning Shared Service for Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton Borough Councils. The Secretary is Susan Marsh.
Tel: 0300 300 6032
Minerals and Waste Planning Team
Terms of Reference
Terms of Reference (PDF 70.5KB) agreed at the meeting on 26 July 2013.
Annual Monitoring Reports
Each year (with the exception of every 4th year when a national survey is undertaken by a consultant on behalf of the Department of Communities and Local Government) an aggregate monitoring survey is undertaken by the Aggregate Working Party Secretariat in co-operation with the mineral planning authorities within the East of England area. This survey is focused on the sales and reserves of primary aggregates (soft sand, sharp sand and gravel, other sands and crushed rock) from quarries within the area but also records sales of sand and gravel and crushed rock from wharves and rail depots and the production of secondary and recycled materials produced at fixed sites. The secretariat then produces an Annual Monitoring Report, setting out the collated survey results. This document seeks to provide an up-to-date understanding of the permitted reserves of aggregates at both an mineral planning authority and regional level and to demonstrate that the East of England is making sufficient contribution to national needs.
The reports, once approved by the working party, are then submitted to the Department of Communities and Local Government which places them on its website so they are publically available. However, it has become clear recently that there can be some delay in uploading these documents and therefore, in the interests of public availability, we've decided to also publish the reports.