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Sand: Lancashire

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what sand reserves there are in Lancashire. (160667)

Lancashire county council’s latest estimate for their permitted sand and gravel reserves is 4.1 million tonnes (2007 figure). This figure reflects those sites with current planning permission.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidelines are issued to Lancashire County Council on the amount of sand it is expected to produce each year. (160668)

The Sand and Gravel Guideline (2001-16) produced by Communities and Local Government allocated 55 million tonnes for the North West. The North West regional assembly subsequently sub-regionally apportioned 8.2 million tonnes of this to Lancashire for this period. Sub-regional allocations are subject to periodic review.