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Annual Monitoring Report

Annual Monitoring Report

Minerals and Waste Policy

An Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) is produced by the council every financial year. Its purpose is to assess the effectiveness of the Council's planning policies. It monitors:

  • progress in preparing Local Development Documents that form part of the Minerals and Waste Development Framework
  • the extent to which existing minerals and waste policies are being implemented and whether the effects of the policies are as intended.

The Annual Monitoring Report is a statutory requirement and is published every December.

Current Annual Monitoring Report

Annual Monitoring ReportThe Annual Monitoring Report 2012/2013 (PDF 1.60 MB) monitors the indicators set out in the adopted Waste Core Strategy and an equivalent set of indicators which monitor relevant minerals planning issues.

It shows that progress towards most waste indicators is adequate. However, the Waste Core Strategy was adopted in the middle of the monitoring period which means that many of the indicators monitor the impacts of policies which were not yet formally in place for a portion of the year. We have been monitoring these indicators to establish a baseline to build on, but it means that in some cases we are still working to meet our targets.

Performance of several indicators for the aggregate minerals was below target. These issues are being considered as part of the preparation of the new Minerals Local Plan

This year's highlights include:

The Waste Core Strategy for Worcestershire was adopted in November 2012. This document sets out the long term vision for waste management in the County to 2027, and supersedes the previous waste planning policies for Worcestershire.

In addition to setting out objectives and policies, the Waste Core Strategy establishes targets and indicators to monitor progress and provides a mechanism for reviewing its effectiveness. This year's AMR also measures progress on the development of the emerging Draft Minerals Local Plan, which will fulfil a similar role for minerals development in the county.

Open for Business:

  • There is good progress towards equivalent self-sufficiency in re-use and recycling in Worcestershire. Recycling and recovery rates for Household, Commercial and Industrial waste are currently well ahead of target and are exceeding the milestones set out in the Waste Core Strategy for Worcestershire.
  • There was a 32% increase in Gross Value Added (GVA) from the waste management and minerals industry in Worcestershire between 2007 and 2010 (most recent figures available). The GVA from waste management and minerals is only a small part of Worcestershire's GVA, but this increased notably between 2007 and 2010 from 0.7% to 0.9%, due to an increase of employees in the sectors. In addition actual GVA from waste management and minerals increased from £61.6m to £81.5m, whilst overall GVA for Worcestershire declined. This trend is likely to continue, with the government anticipating 37% future growth in the waste sector from 2010-2020.
  • The landbank of permitted reserves of sand and gravel and crushed rock in the County is not sufficient to meet our apportionment. There is a landbank of approximately 4 years' sand and gravel supply, compared to the minimum 7 year landbank which is required by national policy and no production of or landbank for crushed rock whatsoever.


  • No planning permission for waste or mineral development has been granted for a proposal where there is an identified unacceptable adverse impact on the environment. This includes impacts on the green belt, flooding, amenity, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and water quality.
  • 45% of waste management planning permissions granted by the County Council include measures for biodiversity enhancement, and 27% of permissions include provision for water efficiency. Performance against these indicators is fair, and is increasing year on year.
  • More waste is being managed at higher levels of the Waste Management Hierarchy.
    This has climate change, resource efficiency and other environmental benefits.

New this year, the AMR also monitors the Local Aggregates Assessment, and includes a chapter dedicated to monitoring development management. It also includes a section detailing other statutory and non-statutory planning guidance produced by the Council during the monitoring year.

Local Aggregate Assessment

The first Local Aggregate Assessment (LAA) for Worcestershire (PDF 799 KB) has also been prepared. The LAA is an assessment of the demand for and supply of aggregates in the County. It is required to be updated annually. It will inform the Minerals Local Plan and will be a material consideration in the determination of planning applications. In future it will be incorporated into the AMR.

Previous Annual Monitoring Reports

The Waste Core Strategy for Worcestershire has now been adopted. Previous AMRs monitored indicators that emerged during the preparation of the plan, but from the 2012/2013 Report the indicators and targets in the adopted Strategy are monitored. The emerging Draft Minerals Local Plan is developing minerals indicators for future AMRs.

Further Information

If you would like further information about the Annual Monitoring Reports or wish to request a paper copies please contact us.

Further Information

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More Information

See also in our website

External websites

  • Planning Portal
    Your local planning authority is responsible for deciding whether a development should go ahead
  • MineralsUK - British Geological Survey
    MineralsUK is the British Geological Survey's centre for sustainable mineral development, with information on mineral resources, mineral planning, policy and legislation, sustainable development, statistics and exploration.
  • Lets Waste Less
    Information and advice on waste and recycling

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This page was last reviewed 31 January 2014 at 12:29.
The page is next due for review 30 July 2015.