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Planning guidance requires minerals planning authorities to plan for a steady and adequate supply of aggregates (sand & gravel and crushed rock). The forecast of future demand should be based on a rolling average of 10 years’ sales data and other relevant local information, and an assessment of all supply options (including marine dredged, secondary and recycled sources). Landbanks should be maintained for at least 7 years for sand & gravel and at least 10 years for crushed rock. In addition, the council must consider the extent to which it is meeting national and regional aggregate requirements. Further details on these requirements can be found in the Background paper: Requirement and forecasting of aggregate need in Cheshire East (PDF, 217KB).
The council produces a local aggregates assessment each year to monitor its aggregate supply position. This assesses the demand for and supply of aggregates in the MPA area. Recent LAAs are available to download:
MPAs in North-West England are members of the NWAWP which also produces an annual monitoring report on aggregate production in the region. Recent reports are available to download:
Further information on aggregate requirements as set out at the national, regional and sub-regional level is also available:
Page last reviewed: 06 October 2023
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