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21st Oct, 2021

Rallying call to residents to have their say on controversial Bromsgrove quarry plan

CAMPAIGNERS are calling on residents in Belbroughton, Fairfield, Romsley and Wildmoor to have their say on a controversial planning application for a new quarry.

They say the development by Salop Sands and Gravel Ltd will lead to a large increase in traffic and pose a flood risk.

A similar application for Chadwich Lane Quarry, submitted in October 2018, was thrown out by Worcestershire County Council.

The proposal was approved at appeal with 58 conditions imposed by the planning inspectorate.

The time limit on that application has now lapsed and the company has returned with this new proposal.

The company wants fill the area quarried with inert materials so the land can be returned to agricultural use.

The applicant claims it has put measures in place to overcome previous objections from the

Environment Agency and North Worcestershire Water Management (NWWM).

Belbroughton and Fairfield Parish Council and Widmoor Residents Association (WRA) both oppose the application, along with residents.

A spokesperson for the WRA, said: “The proposal outlines plans to transport sand from Chadwich Lane Quarry to Wildmoor Quarry and there is only one route, leading to an increase in traffic on already busy roads, such as Money Lane and the A491.”

The plans would mean at least 80 lorry journeys between the sites six days-a-week.

Campaigners say because of previous incidents of flooding in the area and, despite reassurances from the company about an incorporated water catchment area, changes to the land would pose a flood risk to properties.

The NWWM said it was looking at the response from the applicant with regard to potential flooding and would be responding in due course.

The Standard contacted the applicant’s representative but no-one was available for comment.

Click here to see the application – number 18/000036/CM – on Worcestershire County Council’s website.

Comments need to be submitted to saldridge@worcestershire.gov.uk before the deadline of August 26.

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