18 February 2020

Aggregates, potash and other minerals

Official announcements about projects or comments we may make on topics of discussion within the aggregates, potash and minerals industries, can be found here. 

Update on the next marine aggregate tender round 

Following the successful completion of the 2018 Marine Aggregates tender, and our recent engagement with the sector, we can confirm that we intend to hold our next tender round during 2021/22. This process will offer applicants the opportunity to seek rights for the exploration of aggregates (sand and gravel) lying on or under the seabed, in offshore areas of English and Welsh waters.

Pre-qualification will commence in the spring of 2021, with the Invitation to Tender stage (ITT) beginning in the summer. Following tender evaluation and assessment, and subject to the requirements of a plan-level Habitats Regulations Assessment, rights could be awarded at the end of the summer of 2022. Successful applicants would then be required to obtain all relevant statutory consents prior to the commencement of activities.

Notice concerning marine aggregates - 20 January, 2020

The Crown Estate licences the extraction of marine aggregates from the waters of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

Any licence granted by The Crown Estate will provide for a maximum annual tonnage of aggregates permitted to be extracted from the licenced area. 

The Crown Estate will consider applications from licensees to increase their maximum annual tonnages. Any applications will be considered against criteria which are available on request. 

Any increase to the maximum annual tonnage will be subject to the licensee obtaining and complying with all statutory consents. 

Further information is available by contacting us at: marineminerals@thecrownestate.co.uk

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