We are a group of concerned residents who oppose plans for gravel extraction in Bengeo, north of Hertford.
In March 2016, Hertfordshire County Council received a planning application to open a quarry in the beautiful fields between Sacombe Road, Wadesmill Road (B158), and St. John’s Wood. The site is south of the now defunct Rickney’s Quarry, which was mothballed in the 1990s.
The proposal was for the extraction of gravel over a fifteen year period (later reduced to ten years).
Following a year long campaign, the County Council’s Development Control Committee refused planning permission on 22nd March 2017.
However, the applicant has now registered an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate to overturn the County Council’s decision – a process that could take up to a year. In addition, they have also submitted a *new* revised planning application to the County Council.
We will continue to oppose plans for gravel extraction in Bengeo – both the appeal made to The Planning Inspectorate and the revised planning application made to the County Council. These are two separate processes which we will vigorously fight on both fronts.
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“On behalf of Bengeo School, I would like to reiterate our opposition to the proposed excavation of sand and gravel at the proposed Bengeo quarry. The possible dangers to health from particles of silicates in the air could be particularly threatening to children who have asthma. The suggestion from the Public Health Service to surround the school with dust monitors is neither practical nor manageable. The role of a school is to educate children, not to monitor dust levels. We continue to support the Stop the Bengeo Quarry campaign and would like to thank all of those involved for their commitment and determination to support the best interests of individuals and families who live in Bengeo.”
Mrs Julie Starkiss, Headteacher of Bengeo Primary School