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Quarrying: Hampshire

Volume 467: debated on Monday 12 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to issue Hampshire County Council with revised tonnages for sand and gravel extraction for the purposes of formulating the Hampshire Regional Plan; and if she will make a statement. (163152)

The South East England Regional Assembly, as the relevant regional planning body, is currently preparing a revised sub-regional apportionment of primary land-won aggregates as a partial review of the draft South East Plan. The Regional Assembly's present timetable envisages that this policy review would be subject to a pre-submission public consultation between May and July 2008, envisages and a final submission of the recommended policy to the Secretary of State in December 2008. There would then be a further public consultation followed by an examination in public in 2009. The date on which the approved revised sub-regional apportionment will be published will depend upon how long this process takes, but we would expect to do so in the second half of 2009.