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Aggregates

These proposed draft policies are in development and are not a consideration when in drafting applications or making a decision. You can comment on these policies through our online questionnaire and workshops.

Marine aggregates play an important role in the supply of aggregates nationally. Demand is predominantly for use in construction projects, supporting associated benefits such as investment and jobs, and contributing to the economy both in the UK and in Europe.

Please use our interactive map to view and combine marine plan policy data.

SW-AGG-1

Proposals in areas where a licence for extraction of aggregates has been granted or formally applied for should not be authorised, unless it is demonstrated that the other development or activity is compatible with aggregate extraction.

SW-AGG-2

Proposals within an area subject to an Exploration and Option Agreement with The Crown Estate should not be supported unless it is demonstrated that the other development or activity is compatible with aggregate extraction.

SW-AGG-3

Proposals in areas where high potential aggregate resource occurs should demonstrate that they will, in order of preference:
a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate significant adverse impacts on aggregate extraction
d) if it is not possible to mitigate significant adverse impacts, proposals should state the case for proceeding.

SW-AGG-4

Where proposals require aggregates as part of their construction, preference should be given to using marine aggregates sourced from the South West Marine Plan areas. If this is not appropriate, proposals should state why.