Councillors to discuss quarry on fringes of South Downs National Park

Councillors to discuss quarry on fringes of South Downs National Park

Councillors to discuss quarry on fringes of South Downs National Park

First published in News by , local government reporter

Quarrying on a site on the border of the South Downs National Park could resume despite resident objections.

The decision on the future of Boxgrove Quarry in Chichester is due to be made by West Sussex County Council next week.

Applicants Inert Recycling (UK) Limited are confident they have met planning requirements after their previous application was rejected last year.

But despite assurances they have met the concerns of planners, more than a dozen people made objections.

Boxgrove Parish Council is also against the development on the grounds that it will affect the neighbouring national park.

They state that an increase in the number of heavy goods vehicles will add to problems on the A285.

In its letter of objection, Boxgrove Parish Council added that “noise pollution is also a concern, not only from the traffic movements but also from machinery on the site.”

Other objections to the plans, which can be viewed on West Sussex County Council’s website, include the impact on the local ecosystem, the obstruction during development of the site and claims that not enough evidence has been provided that the site is needed in the first place.

According to a 55-page document submitted as part of the application, the development would see the restoration of the quarry with imported inert material – such as sand and concrete – from building sites.

A spokesman for Inert Recycling said the company had worked closely with the county council and planning inspectors in drawing up the new proposal and it is confident it is meeting requirements.

He added that fears of increased traffic was not a factor in the previous application being turned down.

He said: “From our point of view we’ve taken what the inspector asked, we’ve spoken to West Sussex County Council in some detail and at length before reapplying to restore the site and as far as I’m concerned we’ve done everything that we were asked to do.

“We’re very hopeful it will be approved by West Sussex.

“We’ve followed the officer’s directions and West Sussex’s directions in every detail so we hope it will be approved.

“There’s no more we can do really.”

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