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 will involve a review of the Minerals and Waste Development Scheme (timetable for Local Plan production) will be produced on an annual basis from 1 April to 31 March.  Amongst other matters, the AMR will monitor the following to determine whether a review is needed:

  • 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 supply and demand of minerals in the county, including:

  • existing mineral sites
  • sales and reserves
  • aggregate apportionment levels
  • landbank
  • recycled and secondary aggregates.

The LAA will 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