Within defined areas of high potential aggregate resource, proposals should demonstrate in order of preference:
- that they will not, prevent aggregate extraction
- how, if there are adverse impacts on aggregate extraction, they will minimise them mitigate these
- how, if the adverse impacts cannot be minimised, they will be mitigated
- the case for proceeding with the application if it is not possible to minimise or mitigate the adverse impact.
- A proponent may wish to demonstrate within a proposal that no viable marine aggregate resources is present, or where they are, that any new proposals within these defined areas will not prevent the ability to extract the resource in the future.
- If the proposal is unable to proceed without avoiding an area of identified high potential aggregate resource, a proponent may wish to demonstrate how impacts to aggregate extraction will be mitigated and or minimised. This could be by moving the proposal from a more to a less favourable area of aggregates resource or proposing that prior extraction is feasible.
- Where a development comes to the end and may be decommissioned and any hard infrastructure removed, the potential for future aggregate extraction may wish to be demonstrated in the decommissioning plan.
- Proponents may wish to consider the areas defined as high potential aggregate resource are based on mapping undertaken by British Geographical Survey on behalf of The Crown Estate to identify the locations with the greatest potential for aggregate resource within a proposal (PDF 18.3 MB).
Reproduced with permission of the Marine Management Organisation, The Crown Estate, Ordnance Survey and UKHO.