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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

Association at:

www.bmapa.org/issues/

sustainability.php

References:

1. BRITISHMARINE AGGREGATE PRODUCERS

ASSOCIATION andMINERAL PRODUCTS

ASSOCIATION.

Strengthfromthedepths–Tenth

sustainabledevelopmentreportfortheBritishmarine

aggregate industry

. BMAPA, London, December 2016.

2. DEPARTMENT FOR COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL

GOVERNMENT.

Collationoftheresultsofthe2014

AggregateMineralssurveyforEnglandandWales

. HM

Stationery Office, London, November 2016.

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AGGREGATES

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.

Relicensingprogramme

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

minerals supply.

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.