A PLAN to make sure millions of tonnes of gravel, sand and crushed rock needed for building are kept on hand in Oxfordshire has been put in place.

Oxfordshire County Council has approved recommended amounts of the minerals in its latest assessment of aggregates in the county.

The aggregates are needed for construction projects across the county, and the annual assessment is undertaken each year.

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The assessment said new sources of sand, gravel, soft sand and crushed rock need to be found in the future to meet demand.

Cabinet member Yvonne Constance said the council planned to extract more of the minerals from the south of the county.

She said 14 per cent of minerals would be extracted from the north, while 86 per cent would come from the south.

A proposal on the sites where these minerals would come from is currently being drafted.