Government climbs down on "sustainable" aggregates policy

The Department of the Environment (DoE) has pulled back from imposing heavy restrictions on quarrying in new planning guidance on aggregates supply.1 For the first time, the guidelines impose limits on the supply of primary aggregates and are intended to push the construction industry into using more recycled aggregates. The move have been severely criticised by quarrying businesses, while conservationists believe that the DoE has not done enough to reduce demand for primary aggregates.

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