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Proposals for new quarrying sites near you

Proposals for new quarrying sites near you

Published: 23rd May 2024 - 3:50 pm Category: Local News

Essex County Council has recently consulted on 52 potential candidate sites across the County for new quarrying activities as part of their review of their 2014 Minerals Local Plan. 20 of those sites fall within the Witham constituency and the proposals may affect you.

This part of Essex already has a high number of quarrying sites, especially along the A12 and the A120 corridors, and we all know the impact that these can have. I have been working with local residents and community groups to raise their concerns with the new sites being put forward. These concerns include the impact on the environment, countryside and agricultural land; risks to human health through dust from the sites; and increased traffic and heavy goods vehicles on our roads. Although the consultation has now closed, the details are still available online at:

https://www.essex.gov.uk/replacement-essex-minerals-local-plan-review-2025-2040

https://www.essex.gov.uk/replacement-essex-minerals-local-plan-review-2025-2040/candidate-sites-assessment/list-candidate

Responses to the consultation will be considered by the Council and as part of the Local Plan Review process any sites deemed suitable for future quarrying will then need to be considered by an independent inspector who may examine the whole of the Local Plan. In any case, no new quarrying activities can commence without a planning application for that site being approved. However, the fact that so many sites have come forwarded for consideration is causing widespread concern and I am continuing to raise these and make representations to the Council.

If you have any questions, concerns or comments about this process and the sites put forward that may affect you, please do let me know. Information about those sites affecting the Witham constituency can be found on my website:

https://www.pritipatelmp.com/campaigns/essex-local-quarries-plan/



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