Government shifts towards more sustainable aggregates policy

The Government has admitted that the 20-year demand forecasts used for many years to underpin official planning policies for aggregates are seriously flawed. A consultation paper by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions has proposed that the forecasts should be for much shorter periods and based on a more sophisticated approach. 1 Forecasts should also consider changes in the intensity of aggregates use and the impacts of price - an important factor in view of the new aggregates tax.

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