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Ensuring the supply of aggregate minerals in north-east Wales 

Published: 13/05/2021

The Statement of Sub-Regional Collaboration (SSRC) is an arrangement, agreed in September 2020 between Flintshire County Council, Denbighshire County Council and Wrexham County Borough Council, to manage and ensure the supply of aggregate minerals across north-east Wales

The SSRC will also form part of an evidence base for the Flintshire Local Development Plan (LDP) which is currently at its Examination in Public stage. The SSRC will provide certainty and clarity to the Inspectors who are assessing the LDP that the targets for the extraction of minerals set out in the plan and the Regional Technical Statement will be met.

Flintshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Planning and Public Protection, Councillor Chris Bithell, said:

“Where local authorities in north-east Wales are unable to meet their strategic planning commitments for the provision of aggregate minerals they need to work together to ensure the supply of those minerals. 

“The SSRC will be used to support LDP policy making and development management decisions concerning the supply of mineral aggregates in north-east Wales.

“The SSRC also demonstrates that we and our partner authorities are fully committed to ensuring the steady supply of aggregate minerals, such as sand, gravel, and crushed rock which is so important to our construction industry and county infrastructure.”

The Council’s Cabinet will be asked to endorse amendments to SSRC, at its meeting on Tuesday, 18 May.