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Scoping Opinion Request – Sandy Lane Quarry

Worcestershire County Council have sent the Community Association the following notice, if you or someone you know is able to help us assess the scoping proposition and help us draft a response please get in touch admin@fvca.org.uk :

Application Ref:    19/000009/SCO               Grid Ref:    (E) 394966, (N) 276292

Applicant:              NRS

Proposal:               Request for a Scoping Opinion for proposed importation of inert restoration material and the extraction of sand to enable engineering operations to take place and complete the Restoration of the Western Quarry

Location:                Sandy Lane Quarry, Sandy Lane, Wildmoor, Near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

Worcestershire County Council as the Mineral Planning Authority has received a formal request from Heatons on behalf of NRS to adopt a Scoping Opinion for the above proposed development under Regulation 15 of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2017. Scoping seeks to ensure that the information to be provided in the Environmental Statement that will accompany the planning application, addresses the key effects of the proposed development and ensures that the principle concerns appropriate to the local area are addressed comprehensively.

The Scoping Opinion and relevant documents are available to view on http://e-planning.worcestershire.gov.uk using the application reference: 19/000009/SCO. When searching by application reference, please ensure that the full application reference number, including the suffix are entered into the search field.

The Mineral Planning Authority adopted a Screening Opinion on 12 February 2019 (Ref: 19/000008/SCR), which concluded the proposal was Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) development.

The applicant states that the landfilling operations in the main part of Sandy Lane Quarry have now been completed by Veolia and the land restored. However, there are a number of geotechnical issues emerging regarding the stability of the western flank and the impact of the previous extraction operations in the western quarry area. The proposed development is an engineering and restoration project which would be designed to stabilise the landform and restore the remaining areas of the Sandy Lane Western Quarry site.

The proposed works involve the removal of approximately 320,000 tonnes of sand over a 3 year period to allow a buttress of material to be keyed into the base of the site for stabilisation purposes. All the site infrastructure is in place including site entrance, weighbridge, wheel wash and site welfare building. There would be no requirement for plant to undertake the processing of the sand on site.

The proposal also involves the importation of inert restoration materials which would be transported to the site in the applicant’s owned or controlled vehicles. Materials would be imported to complete the restoration of the western quarry area. It is estimated that approximately 1.2 million cubic metres of inert material would be imported into the site over a 6 year period (running concurrently with mineral extraction) at approximately 200,000 cubic metres per annum.

The overall application site extends to approximately 5.5 hectares of land. Access to the site is proposed to be gained via the existing Veolia Landfill site access off Sandy Lane (A491).

The Mineral Planning Authority has only 5 weeks to adopt a Scoping Opinion, therefore, I would be grateful for your comments on the Scoping Opinion Request by 7 March 2019 at the latest. If I do not hear from you by this date I will assume you have no comments

The agent appointed by NRS for this is:-

Heatons

9 The Square

Keyworth

Nottingham

NG12 5JT Should a representative of the company contact you about this matter, I would remind you of your obligation, under Regulation 17 of the EIA Regulations, to make available to them, if requested, any relevant information which they consider relevant to the preparation of the Environmental Statement.