Minerals and Waste Planning Policy

The Minerals and Waste Development Scheme

The Minerals and Waste Development Scheme (MWDS) sets out our programme for preparing and monitoring the minerals and waste development plan documents.

Minerals and Waste Authority's Monitoring Report

We are required by legislation to produce an Authority's Monitoring Report (AMR) (PDF 672Kb) Opening in new window (previously known as an Annual Monitoring Report) as part of the Local Plan process.

The AMR, which includes a review of the progress made against the milestones set out within the Minerals and Waste Development Scheme (timetable for Local Plan production) is produced on an annual basis and covers the period from 1 April to 31 March.  Amongst other matters, the AMR will monitor the following information:

  • the progress with Local Plan preparations including reviewing the timetable for plan production as specified in the Minerals and Waste Development Scheme; the stages the document(s) have reached in their preparation and any reasons for slippage in the prescribed timetable
  • the performance and implementation of policies, including saved policies
  • the targets and indicators within the Minerals and Waste Local Plans
  • the capacity of new waste management facilities
  • conformity with the European Union Waste Framework Directive
  • details of how the county council fulfils the duty to cooperate requirement.


The AMRs produced by the county council prior to 2013 included monitoring information on the production of primary land-won and secondary/ recycled aggregates for each calendar year.

Minerals and waste development framework authority's monitoring reports

For older Authority Monitoring Reports, email minerals.planning@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Local Aggregate Assessment

We have a duty to prepare an annual Local Aggregate Assessment (LAA) (PDF 2Mb)Opening in a new window. This helps us keep track of aggregate production and ensure there's always a steady supply in Hertfordshire (namely sand, gravel and clay).

We can't source all of our aggregate requirements from within Hertfordshire, so we rely on external sources brought into the county via road or rail aggregate depots, before being transported to development sites. This is particularly the case for hard rock as this is not found within Hertfordshire. 

The document details the following information:

  • existing mineral sites (i.e sand and gravel, chalk and clay sites with planning permission to extract)
  • annual sales and end of year reserves for sand and gravel (i.e total tonnage of sand and gravel in Hertfordshire with planning permission to be extracted)
  • aggregate apportionment levels (i.e the amount of sand and gravel the county is expected to contribute to the market on an annual basis)
  • the landbank for sand and gravel (i.e the number of years the total sand and gravel reserves will contribute supply)
  • details of the secondary and recycled aggregate sites in the county and the amount of secondary and recycled aggregate processed

The LAA’s will help to inform the review of the Minerals Local Plan.

Statement of Community Involvement

Our Statement of Community Involvement (PDF 643Kb) Opening in new window sets out our principles for involving communities in: sets out our principles for involving communities in:

  • the preparation of minerals and waste planning documents
  • the consideration of planning applications for which we are the planning authority.

We updated our Statement of Community Involvement following a consultation in September/October 2018.

Contact the Minerals and Waste Planning Policy Team

minerals.planning@hertfordshire.gov.uk or      waste.planning@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

01992 556227 (office hours are 9am – 5pm)

Minerals and Waste Planning Policy Team
Spatial Planning Unit (CHN216)
Hertfordshire County Council
County Hall
Pegs Lane
Hertford
SG13 8DN