Consultation on Minerals Plan
Posted on: 19 March 2012
A public consultation has been launched by Devon County Council as part of its emerging Minerals Plan.
The Plan aims to maintain a steady supply of construction materials over the next 20 years to support Devon’s growth, and the consultation is exploring potential sites for sand and gravel quarrying.
Devon County Council has focused its search for sites on the Pebble Beds in East and Mid Devon, which supply 85% of the county’s sand and gravel. Following detailed appraisal of over 20 options, two sites have been identified as ‘preferred sites’ for public comment. These are Straitgate Farm, near Ottery St Mary, and Penslade, to the north of Uffculme.
To help people find out more about the consultation, exhibitions are being held on Tuesday 27 March at West Hill Village Hall, and at The Square Corner in Uffculme on Thursday 5 April. Both events will run from 4.30pm to 7pm.
The County Council is keen to hear the views of local residents and organisations on the preferred sites.
Councillor Will Mumford, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Economy, Enterprise and Employment, said:
“This is an opportunity for local people to help us in our ongoing development of our Minerals Plan and we’re keen to hear people’s views through this consultation. In particular we’re inviting people to raise any grounds of concern they may have over quarrying, to allow the Council to consider ways in which these can be addressed.”
Councillor James McInnes, Chairman of Devon County Council’s Development Management Committee, said:
“While Devon’s existing quarries have sufficient reserves for a few more years, it is necessary to plan ahead now by identifying new sites to be developed when the existing ones close. We want residents and organisations to take part in this consultation so that we strike the right balance which can help our county benefit from its natural minerals while minimising the impact on the environment and communities.”
The consultation runs until 30 April 2012, and can be viewed online at www.devon.gov.uk/mineralsites.
Alternatively, a copy of the consultation leaflet can be obtained by calling 01392 383510.Posted in: Environment