Quarry Application Resubmitted

We just heard that the revised application for the Bengeo Quarry has been re-submitted. It is possible that the new documents will be available on the HCC website between Christmas & New Year. The case is most likely to be discussed by HCC Committee on 23rd February 2017 (10am in County Hall) and the public consultation of the re-application is most likely to be 3rd – 17th January 2017. We were advised that later responses may be accepted while the HCC planning report is being written – until it is submitted to the HCC Development Control Committee 2 weeks before the meeting (i.e. 8 Feb ’17).

Please could you let your friends and families know. Please could you look out for updates – we would love to have similar level of response to HCC consultation as we had before. Please could you try to join us for the Committee discussions in the County Hall on 23rd February 2017 at 10am.

Update: Document are now available on the HCC e-Planning website at
https://cloud1.atriumsoft.com/HCCePlanningOPS/loadFullDetails.do?aplId=25090.  Go to “Documents” section, and look for documents with the date of 23 December 2016. You should find 10 new documents:

1. Restored Landform.pdf
2. Progressive Operations Plan.pdf
3. LVIA Technical Addendum.pdf
4. LVIA Plans.pdf
5. Further Traffic Information.pdf
6. Further Ecology Information.pdf
7. Further Information 1 Statement.pdf
8. Cross Sections During Operations.pdf
9. Composite Operations Plan.pdf
10. Air Quality Assessment Report.pdf

Further Consultation To Take Place

We have received the following update from  Cllr. Andrew Stevenson on the progress of plans for the quarry north of Bengeo:

I have been informed that the applicants have been allowed until the end of November to respond to the independent reports prepared by the County Council officers. The large number of objections from local residents illustrates the highly problematic nature of this application , located , as it is , so close to an urban area and primary school. The applicants response will need to include quite detailed information. After that, it is intended to hold another public consultation to allow residents the opportunity to respond to the response. Because of the Christmas period the matter is now likely to come before the County Council Development Control Committee at its January 2017 session.

Tree Walk Ends Summer Challenge

Stop Bengeo Quarry campaigners and supporters celebrated the end of the Bengeo Field Summer Challenge last Sunday by joining a walk to the Lonely Oak Tree in the middle of the field.

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There were activities on the route, including a sports challenge, stone painting, tree games and activities. At the tree there was a whole variety of delicious cakes as well as small gifts for children who completed the Summer Challenge.

The organisers would like to thank all the supporters. The campaign against the Bengeo quarry proposal continues, with the HCC Development Control Committee expected most likely to take place on 21 December at 10 am at the County Hall.

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Bengeo Quarry Update

On Tuesday 6 September around 180 residents attended the Stop Bengeo Quarry meeting focused on the latest developments of the Bengeo quarry proposal. The meeting was held at Bengeo Primary School, which is only 320 metres from the site of the proposed gravel quarry.

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Campaigners presented a brief update on the main areas of concerns and objections against the quarry proposal, including an overview of the responses submitted to HCC date (all available on HCC website, as well as www.stopbengeoquarry.org.uk).

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Response from Public Health England

Public Health England have responded to plans for gravel extraction north of Bengeo.

As the most senior advisory body in the country, they agree that dust from the quarry could pose a risk and says the quarry developers must show there will be no “additional emissions including dust or particulate matter which could adversely affect the local community.

Their full response is shown below:

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Supporting Stop Bengeo Quarry campaign

Libby Mountford, Chair of Governors, Bengeo Primary School: “As Governors of Bengeo School we have responsibility, above all, for the wellbeing of our pupils and staff. The proposed excavation of large quantities of sand and gravel from a site so close to the school clearly puts at risk the long term health and safety of more than five hundred young children and nearly fifty staff, since they would be forced to breathe in dust produced by the excavation and travel to and from school on roads made more dangerous by the movements of many heavy lorries. We strongly oppose the application.”

Mark Prisk, MP: “I spoke at the Stop Bengeo Quarry event to make clear my support for the campaign. I have been really encouraged by the amount of local support for the cause.. [..] It’s clear this proposal would be bad for people’s health, bad for the local environment and potentially bad for our fresh water supply.”

Andrew Stevenson, County Councillor: “After careful consideration of the applicant documentation and responses so far I have concluded that gravel extraction as proposed would threaten the community in 5 ways: 1. Water supply 2. Ecology 3. Air quality 4. Highway system and 5. Landscape. Taking all these threats together he felt that there was a good case for the application to be rejected . The planned area is simply too close to urban development to be viable.”

George Sandell, Chairman of CAGE campaign: “I am very impressed with Stop Bengeo Quarry campaign and look forward to seeing the fruits of your hard work when it comes before the Development Control Committee.”

Stop Bengeo Quarry campaign is supported by Molewood Residents’ Association as well as Chapmore End Association. We are also delighted that East Herts Green Party is supporting the campaign.