East of England Aggregate Working Party

East of England Aggregates Working Party (EEAWP)

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 2018, requires (paragraph 207) 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 their Local Aggregate Assessment.

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 other AWP Secretaries.

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

The Secretariat is provided by The Minerals and Waste Planning Shared Service for Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton Borough Councils. The Secretary is Jerry Smith.

Telephone: 0300 300 5881
Email: jerry.smith@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk


Minerals and Waste Planning Team
Priory House
Monks Walk
SG17 9TQ

Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference (PDF 70.5KB) agreed at the meeting on 26 July 2013.

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. However, it has become clear recently that there can be some delay in uploading these documents and therefore, in the interests of public availability, we've decided to also publish the reports.