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1st Review of the RTS is launched for public consultation

A Regional Technical Statement (RTS) is required to be produced at 5-yearly intervals for both the North Wales and South Wales Regional Aggregate Working Parties. This is a requirement of Minerals Technical Advice Note 1 (MTAN 1). The RTS provides recommendations which guide the future levels of provision for construction aggregates required from each Mineral Planning Authority in Wales.

The original Statements were published in 2008 and consultation drafts of the First Review documents are now available for inspection.

Further background and details of the Review process are given in a letter from the Welsh Government, which can be downloaded here:

First Review of the Regional Technical Statements for Aggregates First Review of the Regional Technical Statements for Aggregates

Each RTS comprises the main document together with a corresponding Regional Appendix, which provides additional detail. These have been produced, on behalf of each RAWP, by Cuesta Consulting Limited, under contract to the Welsh Government. Each RAWP has been closely involved with their preparation, however, through the provision and detailed checking of technical information, and the documents are now ready for wider scrutiny.

The consultation drafts can be downloaded as pdf documents here:

RTS First Review - Consultation Draft - Main Document RTS First Review - Consultation Draft - Main Document

RTS First Review - Consultation Draft - Appendix A (North Wales) RTS First Review - Consultation Draft - Appendix A (North Wales)

The consultation period runs for eight weeks, from 28th October to 23rd December inclusive.

Within that period there will be two consultation events, one at Bridgend in South Wales on 20th November, and one at Llandudno Junction in North Wales on 21st November. Up to 40 places are available at each event. The events are free to attend and anyone is welcome, although there is a deadline for applications (10th November) and priority will be given to Elected Members of the various Mineral Planning Authorities.

Further details of each event, including details of how to book a place, are given on the following pdf documents:

North Wales Consultation Event North Wales Consultation Event

South Wales Consultation Event South Wales Consultation Event

Your input to this process is strongly encouraged, whether you are a mineral operator, a planning officer, a more general stakeholder, an elected Member or an interested member of the public.

If you would like to take part in the consultation, whether or not you manage to get to one of the consultation events, you can do so by downloading and completing the following survey form:

RTS First Review Consultation Survey RTS First Review Consultation Survey

As explained in the instructions on page 1 of the form, you can complete all, or any part of the form, depending on your particular areas of interest or concern. When you have finished, please return your response by email to the consultant: alan.thompson@cuesta-consulting.com, by no later than 23rd December 2013.

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