– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 30th June 1999.

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Photo of Euan Robson Euan Robson Liberal Democrat

Question S1W-97

To ask the Scottish Executive whether it intends to provide a framework for aggregates forecasting for Scotland and sub markets within Scotland, and targets for the use of secondary and/or recycled materials.

Photo of Sarah Boyack Sarah Boyack Labour

Current guidance on aggregates planning is set out in National Planning Policy Guideline 4: Land for Mineral Working. There are currently no plans to introduce a forecasting framework for the production of aggregates. At present, planning authorities should provide for an adequate and steady supply of aggregates, with a landbank in permitted reserves equivalent to at least 10 years’ extraction at all times for an appropriate local market area. NPPG 4 also acknowledges that the use of secondary aggregate mineral and construction wastes is sound environmental practice and should be encouraged and facilitated wherever practicable. Research will be undertaken shortly to gather information on current recycling activity. This will inform consideration of the need for future targets.

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