can severely compromise their ability to
operate.Given that the opportunities for
the sustainable supply of construction
materials to coastal locations, close to the
point of demand, can only be realised if
there are wharf facilities available to land
and distribute these important materials,
focus is increasingly shifting to the need to
safeguard these essential strategic facilities
more effectively in line with the requirements
of National Planning Policy.
The latest Sustainable Development
report can be downloaded from the website
of the British Marine Aggregate Producers
1. BRITISHMARINE AGGREGATE PRODUCERS
ASSOCIATION andMINERAL PRODUCTS
. BMAPA, London, December 2016.
2. DEPARTMENT FOR COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL
Stationery Office, London, November 2016.
a key role for marine aggregates not only in
the construction of a new project but also
in supporting the long-term regeneration
activities that can be expected to follow.
The successful completion of a major
relicensing programme means that the
marine aggregate reserve base has now been
secured – with over 370 million tonnes
permitted as of March 2016.However, unless
the necessary land-based infrastructure is
in place and properly safeguarded to allow
these resources to access the market, it will
become increasingly difficult to maintain
the important contribution marine materials
make to the wider portfolio of national
Around the country a range of minerals
infrastructure, such as wharves and rail
depots, is coming under pressure from
adjacent housing development and other
forms of regeneration activity, which
A typical 5000-tonne dredger will deliver the equivalent
of 250 lorry loads in a single cargo.
Key minerals infrastructure, such as wharves and
railheads, are increasingly coming under pressure from
other forms of development.