The rate of aggregates replenishment, which is the difference between the tonnage of aggregates extracted versus new reserves consented through the planning process, has been the subject of much discussion in recent years.

BDS Marketing Research is the leading consultancy in the aggregates industry in Great Britain and is ideally placed to provide a detailed review of activity in recent years. A key activity carried out by the company is the monitoring of each of the 400+ planning authorities in Great Britain on an ongoing basis. This was started over two decades ago and data is now held in an online portal available to subscribers.Coupled with this, BDS has published a report “Estimated Outputs of Pits,Quarries and Marine Wharves in Great Britain” every year for over 20 years and a separate analysis “Estimated Reserves of Pits and Quarries” every three years.

As such, BDS is ideally suited to draw from these resources to present a new report focusing on the critical industry issue of aggregates replenishment. It is the intention that the report will be updated in the first quarter of each year hereafter.

The information provided in this report relates to BDS estimates of outputs, tonnages taken from planning consent documents and BDS-calculated replenishment ratios for sand and gravel and crushed rock in Great Britain. This is the first report published by BDS expressly focusing on aggregates planning consents and replenishment rates.

Aggregates included are defined as sand and gravel (land-won and marine) and crushed rock (limestone, hardstone and sandstone). Industrial sand is excluded. Where marine won sand and gravel has been included figures and statistics relate to those published data by the Crown Estate.

The report was published in March 2019.

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