The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has published their 8th Annual Mineral Planning Survey (AMPS 2019) which covers the period to the end of 2018. It is based upon data for the whole of Great Britain provided in confidence by MPA members.
The Survey has been produced against the backdrop of a slight increase in aggregates demand during 2018, and the results reiterate that the long-term reserve-base upon which the aggregates sector is so dependent remains under pressure. De
Demand for land-won sand and gravel continues to outstrip the amount of new reserves being permitted, with the 10-year average replenishment rate at 63%, an increase from the equivalent figure in 2017 (53%). This reflects the fact that newly consented sand and gravel reserves represented 92% of annual sales during 2018. In the case of crushed rock, the 10-year average replenishment rate stands at 75%, with new reserves permitted in 2018 representing 84% of annual sales.
The AMPS data, which shows the interface between mineral operators and the land use planning system, is derived from original MPA data together with information from the annual Aggregate Working Party reports. This work is then compiled in the form of the MPA Annual Mineral Planning Survey (AMPS) reports.
The key findings of the Survey are:
Announcing the publication of AMPS 2019, MPA Executive Director of Planning and Mineral Resources, Mark Russell said:
"Mineral products represent the largest material flow in the UK economy, with the vast majority of supply used in UK construction improving our housing, schools and hospitals alongside the transport, energy and water infrastructure on which society at large is so reliant. Construction, including high-profile infrastructure projects such as HS2, represents a key element of Government's Industrial Strategy aiming to boost productivity and secure sustainable future economic growth particularly in the Regions.
However, the continued decline in aggregate reserves is a stark reminder that the future "steady and adequate" supply of these essential construction minerals cannot be assumed. It requires effective planning, management and monitoring and there is a continued clear desire from both local authorities and from industry for the National and Sub-national Guidelines for aggregates provision to be updated to support the Managed Aggregate Supply System (MASS).
MPA's future demand scenarios indicate that a cumulative total of between 3.2 to 3.8 billion tonnes of construction aggregates are likely to be required by 2030 to support economic growth and development across the country. To secure the most cost effective and sustainable supply of these materials will require active management, supported by data to monitor performance, in order to ensure the right resources are made available in the right place and at the right time."
A copy of the 8th Annual Mineral Planning Survey can be found here.
About the Mineral Products Association:
The Mineral Products Association (MPA) is the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, dimension stone, lime, mortar and silica sand industries. With the affiliation of British Precast, the British Association of Reinforcement (BAR), Eurobitume, MPA Northern Ireland, MPA Scotland and the British Calcium Carbonate Federation, it has a growing membership of 530 companies and is the sectoral voice for mineral products. MPA membership is made up of the vast majority of independent SME quarrying companies throughout the UK, as well as the 9 major international and global companies. It covers 100% of UK cement production, 90% of GB aggregates production, 95% of asphalt and over 70% of ready-mixed concrete and precast concrete production. In 2016, the industry supplied £18 billion worth of materials and services to the Economy. It is also the largest supplier to the construction industry, which had annual output valued at £169 billion in 2018. Industry production represents the largest materials flow in the UK economy and is also one of the largest manufacturing sectors. For more information visit: www.mineralproducts.org
For further information, please contact Elizabeth Clements at Elizabeth.Clements@mineralproducts.org ; tel: 07775 894 285.