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MPG6 consultation paper published

THE Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions has published its long-awaited consultation paper 'Planning for the supply of aggregates in England', which marks the first stage in the revision of MPG6 'Guidelines for aggregates provision in England' (1994).

The paper seeks views on important issues which need to be taken into account when planning for the supply of aggregates, such as:

  • how estimates of demand should be used for planning the supply of aggregates in future
  • the extent to which future supplies might come from quarries/offshore dredging/reclaimed and recycled materials
  • appropriate levels of permitted reserves of aggregates.

Simon van der Byl, director general of the QPA, said: 'We welcome publication of the MPG6 issues paper and the recognition in this consultation that there is a continuing need to develop and improve our buildings and infrastructure to ensure higher standards of living and quality of life.

'The supply of aggregates from all sources is an essential part of this process and QPA members are committed to achieving the best economic and environmental balance of supply. We look forward to responding to the consultation positively and constructively to help achieve a revision of MPG6 which is in the interests of all stakeholders.'

Following analysis of the consultation paper responses, DETR says it hopes to issue a draft revision of MPG6 for general consultation in the first half of 2001. 

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