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Plans for a 150-acre quarry near Ottery rejected

  • by JW

Reasons given for the refusal by the committee…


Ten days ago, it was reported that, after years of stating its intention, Aggregate Industries had at last made a formal application to extract gravel from a site in East Devon:

It was reported that planning officers were recommending approval:

Sidmouth: Controversial 100-acre quarry plans near Ottery set to be approved |

DCC officers recommend approval of AI’s application to quarry Straitgate Farm

Although the local MP had objected to the plans:

Simon Jupp MP ‘unable to support this application’

Today the planning application was considered by councillors – who decided to reject it, with no one voting in favour:

More than 250 people had written to object to the plans

Ottery St Mary quarry plans rejected by Devon County Council |

Reasons given for the refusal by the committee included the protection of heritage assets, unacceptable impact on water supplies, unresolved road safety issues, lack of evidence of protected species, lack of surface water management plan, loss of mature trees and the impact on climate change.

Plans for quarry at Ottery St Mary REFUSED |

The Straitgate Action Group are understandably delighted:

Aggregate Industries’ quarry plan for Straitgate Farm REFUSED

As reported by the East Devon Watch blog:

With a little more history here:

Quarrying in East Devon: Aggregate Industries’ latest proposals for Straitgate Farm site |