East of England Aggregates Working Party

The East of England Aggregates Working Party (EEAWP) is one of a number of technical working groups throughout England that were originally established in the 1970s to collect data on the sales of aggregate minerals, the reserves of aggregates covered by valid planning permissions and the landbanks of reserves.  These technical working groups were set up on a regional basis and covered a number of county areas.

With the demise of the Regional Spatial Strategies, regional planning no longer exists. However, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), revised by the Government in July 2021, requires (paragraph 213) Mineral Planning Authorities to plan for a steady and adequate supply of aggregates and sets out a number of ways of achieving this.  It includes participating in the operation of an Aggregates Working Party and taking the advice of the party into account when preparing Local Aggregate Assessments.

The membership of EEAWP is drawn from the Mineral Planning Authorities in the former East of England Region:

  • Bedfordshire Authorities (Bedford Borough, Luton and Central Bedfordshire Councils)
  • Cambridgeshire County Council
  • Essex County Council
  • Hertfordshire County Council
  • Norfolk County Council
  • Peterborough City Council
  • Suffolk County Council
  • Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
  • Thurrock Council

Membership also includes representatives of the Mineral Products Association (MPA) and the British Aggregates Association (BAA).  Other interested parties attending include a representative from MHCLG, the Marine Management Organisation and The Crown Estate.

The Chairman is Richard Greaves, Chief Planning Officer (County Planning and Major Development) at Essex County Council.

The Secretariat is provided by David Jarvis Associates Ltd.

Telephone: 01793 612173
Email: juliawebberley@davidjarvis.biz

Terms of Reference

National Terms of Reference are currently in the process of being agreed.  A copy will be available here once finalised.

Annual Monitoring Reports

Each year (with the exception of every 4th year when a national survey is undertaken by a consultant on behalf of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government) an aggregate monitoring survey is undertaken by the Aggregate Working Party secretariat in co-operation with the mineral planning authorities within the East of England area. This survey is focused on the sales and reserves of primary aggregates (soft sand, sharp sand and gravel, other sands and crushed rock) from quarries within the area but also records sales of sand and gravel and crushed rock from wharves and rail depots and the production of secondary and recycled materials produced at fixed sites. The secretariat then produces an Annual Monitoring Report, setting out the collated survey results. This document seeks to provide an up-to-date understanding of the permitted reserves of aggregates at both a mineral planning authority and sub-national level and to demonstrate that the East of England is making sufficient contribution to national needs.

The reports, once approved by the working party, are then submitted to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government which places them on its website so they are publicly available. Copies of the reports are also available here:

Dates and minutes of meetings

22 June 2021

4 February 2021

21 September 2020

4 June 2020

6 February 2020

7 November 2019

13 June 2019

6 February 2019

24 October 2018

13 June 2018

7 February 2018

18 October 2017

11 October 2017

14 June 2017

8 February 2017

2 November 2016

29 June 2016

25 February 2016

22 October 2015

5 February 2015

2 October 2014

5 June 2014

29 January 2014

26 July 2013

24 January 2013