Have Your Say On Quarry Sites

25 August 2011, 06:00

People in Essex are being asked their thoughts on proposed mineral extraction sites in the county.

Essex County Council is required by the Government to plan for a steady and adequate supply of minerals to meet Essex’s needs until 2028. 

A proposed strategy to meet this supply was detailed in the Minerals Development Document: Preferred Approach, consulted upon earlier this year.

The new or significantly revised sites now being consulted upon were put forward by local landowners and the minerals industry with their responses to the Preferred Approach consultation.

The sites to be considered are as follows:

  • Whitehouse Farm, Woodham Walter (new site for minerals extraction)
  •  Ardleigh Rail 2 (revised site for minerals extraction)
  • Coleman’s Farm, Witham (revised site for minerals extraction)
  • Weald Hall Lane, Epping (suggested strategic aggregate recycling site)
  • Ardleigh Rail Depot (suggested mineral transhipment site)

Residents and businesses will have eight weeks to consider the further sites put forward, and to submit their comments to the County Council

County Councillor John Jowers, Cabinet Member for Communities & Planning said: “By consulting on these new sites we aim to ensure that the site assessment and selection process is fully informed by both professional and local viewpoints."

To get involved in the consultation which runs until October 20th 2011 click here.

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