This article discusses the problems arising because the demand for construction aggregates in the UK is increasing rather more quickly than planning permission can be obtained for their use. In 1989, the demand for construction aggregates reached a record level of 300 million tonnes, and concern began to be expressed that the rate of planning approvals was too low. This rate was falling further behind the rate of consumption of aggregates, so that reserves were not being replenished enough, and the rate of approving successful planning applications has decreased. The UK has sufficient sources of construction aggregates to ensure a supply for thousands of years, but planning approval is required to use most of them. The sources are also distributed unevenly, so that there are now significant movements of aggregates between sources and destinations. To ensure that the supply of aggregates continues to be adequate, it is necessary to: (1) sustain current planning policy that supply should meet demand; (2) base the operation of policy on reasonable forecasts of national and regional demands for aggregates; (3) make realistic assumptions about the potential increase in the supply and use of recycled aggregates and alternative materials. (TRRL)

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  • Authors:
    • McLaughlin, J
  • Publication Date: 1990-9-27


  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 17-19
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    • Publisher: Reed Business Information, Limited
    • ISSN: 0010-7859

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  • Accession Number: 00617620
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1991 12:00AM