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Living within environmental limits is essential for any economic activity. Between 2002 and 2011, the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF) made a significant contribution to knowledge and practice in how to produce aggregates in a sustainable way.

This web site is an information gateway, which aims to promote sustainable production and consumption of aggregates (sand, gravel and crushed rock) through better access to research and information. It has been developed to bring together through a single portal research and development funded by the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund in England and other relevant research and information.


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Planning Practice Guidance

For the first time, DCLG has made the planning practice guidance easily accessible and available online.

The guidance website can be found HERE.

See also www.planningportal.gov.uk

The planning portal is the UK Governments online planning and building regulations resource for England and Wales.

Introducing an Ecosystem Approach to Quarry Restoration
This document is the result of an internship funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), through the Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network (ESKTN).
The internship was supported by: The Mineral Products Association (MPA) The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

The guidance on the Managed Aggregate Supply System, to support the new approach to planning for aggregate mineral extraction under the National Planning Policy Framework, was published today. Paragraph 145 of the Framework introduces a more localist approach to minerals extraction based on the preparation of a "Local Aggregate Assessment", where each Mineral Planning Authority is expected to prepare an assessment of the demand for and supply of aggregates. The guidance can be found HERE.


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