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The Vale of Glamorgan Council

Cabinet Meeting:  12 May, 2014

Report of the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation, Planning and Transportation

Regional Technical Statement on Aggregates – North Wales and South Wales (First Review)

 

Purpose of the Report

1.         To advise Cabinet of the First Review of the Regional Technical Statement (RTS) prepared by the South Wales Regional Aggregates Working Party and to seek its endorsement by Cabinet.

Recommendations

1.         That Cabinet note the contents of this report and endorse the Regional Technical Statement (First Review).

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.         To enable the Council to formally endorse the First Review of the Regional Technical Statement (RTS) for minerals planning purposes.

Background

2.         Minerals Technical Advice Note 1: Aggregates – March 2004 (MTAN1) requires the preparation of Regional Technical Statements (RTS) for the areas covered by the North Wales and South Wales Aggregates Working Parties and for these to be reviewed every five years.  The Initial RTS was produced in 2008 and therefore an updated RTS has been prepared.

3.         A Steering Group consisting of Members of the South Wales Aggregates Working Party was established in order to progress the review in South Wales.  The purpose of the RTS is to agree an approach towards the future supply of construction aggregates within each Region, taking account of the latest available information regarding the balance of supply and demand, and current notions of sustainability as enshrined in Minerals Planning Policy Wales.

Relevant Issues and Options

4.         The Document considers the pattern of aggregates supply across the South Wales region and makes conclusions on the likely requirements for the next 25 years (for crushed rock) and 22 years (for sand and gravel) in order to meet forecast demand based on 10-year average annual production rates.  The RTS also takes into consideration the proximity principle, environmental capacity and a number of other supply and demand factors when considering the supply pattern of minerals and regional requirements.  A copy of the RTS First Review Document has been provided in the Members Room and can be viewed online at: http://www.swrawp-wales.org.uk/Html/rtsreview2013/RTS%20First%20Review%20-%20Consultation%20Draft%20-%20Main%20Document.pdf

5.         Each Authority is provided with their share of the supply which is referred to as apportionment. Whilst the use of a 10 year production average is supported, MTAN1 requires a 3 year average to be used to calculate landbanks.  It is accepted that the 3 year figures would provide an unrealistic baseline given the state of the economy in the period 2008-2010 with the consequent danger of under provision.

6.         The RTS considers forecasted aggregate demand covering a 25 year period due the MTAN1 requirement to maintain a minimum 10 year landbank throughout the full 15-year term of Local Development Plans (LDPs).  Where existing reserves are sufficient to meet the supply over the 25 year period then no allocations are necessary.  Where existing reserves are less than the apportionment required allocations will be necessary within LDPs.  MTAN1 requires dormant reserves to be counted against the landbank but to be shown separately.  The RTS has excluded dormant reserves in the calculation of landbanks although dormant sites can be counted against any shortfall in reserves where it is considered appropriate by the Local Planning Authority.

7.         For crushed rock the Vale of Glamorgan has an apportionment of 27.25 million tonnes over the 25 years (2011-2036) on the basis of 10 years average production (2001-2010).  With an identified reserve of only 13.7 million tonnes there is an identified shortfall of 13.55 million tonnes.

8.         However, the Council will have to consider the apportionment in relation to permissions granted since 2010, more recent information and the reserves at dormant sites.  In this regard, planning permission was granted for an extension of Forest Wood Quarry in April 2011, realising approximately 1.5 million tonnes of reserves.  In addition, the RTS in Table 3.8 indicates permitted reserves of crushed rock at dormant sites of 7.3 million tonnes. Even accounting for these additional reserves the figures suggest new allocation(s) will be necessary in the emerging Local Development Plan.

9.         It should be noted that the reserve figures at all sites within the Vale are currently being updated and verified in order to provide additional information to the Inspector on this matter.  These updated figures will be reflected in a Revised Minerals Background Paper which will prepared to further inform the Local Development Plan.

10.      In terms of land won sand and gravel, only four Authority areas in South Wales have produced any land won sand and gravel over the last 10 years.  No Sand and Gravel apportionment has been allocated to the Vale of Glamorgan given that marine dredged resources provide almost all of the sand and gravel needs in the South East of Wales.

11.      The Council will need to revise the Minerals Background Paper that informs the Local Development Plan in order to reflect the updated Regional Technical Statement and to assist the appointed Planning Inspector during the Examination of the LDP.  This work will also assist in addressing the representations on minerals issues received during the Deposit LDP public consultation.

12.      Any shortfall in achieving the apportionment set out in the Regional Technical Statement will need to be provided for in the Local Development Plan and the options for doing so will be included within a revised Minerals Background Paper.  This will be prepared and presented to Council prior to the submission of the LDP for Examination which is currently anticipated to take place by May 2015.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

13.      The costs of the preparing the LDP Revised Minerals Background Paper can be met by the existing LDP revenue budget for 2014/15.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

14.      The Regional Technical Statement takes full account of current notions of sustainability.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

15.      The RTS will be a material consideration when determining Minerals planning applications and also in the preparation of the Council's LDP.

Crime and Disorder Implications

16.      There are no Crime and Disorder Implications.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

17.      There are no Equal Opportunities Implications.

Corporate/Service Objectives

18.      The Regional Technical Advice First Review will form the basis in the consideration of future requirements of aggregates which will need to be considered as part of the Local Development Plan process.

Policy Framework and Budget

19.      This report is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

20.      No Ward Members consultation has been undertaken on this report as the LDP has implications for the whole of the Vale.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

21.      Economy and Environment.

 

Background Papers

Regional Technical Statement for the North Wales and South Wales Regional Aggregates Working Party (1st Review)

 

Regional Technical Statement for the area covered by the South Wales Aggregates Working Party – October 2008

 

Minerals Planning Policy Wales (MPPW)

 

Minerals Technical Advice Note 1 (MTAN 1): Aggregates

 

Vale of Glamorgan Minerals Planning background paper (September 2013)

 

Contact Officer

John Raine (Planning Policy) Tel. 01446 704663

 

Officers Consulted

Committee Reports

Finance Support Manager

Operational Manager Development and Building Control

 

Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas - Director of Development Services

 

 

 

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