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New study aiming to get to the nitty-gritty of mineral debate

Potential quarry site at Madam Green Farm, in Oving

Potential quarry site at Madam Green Farm, in Oving

THE CLOCK is ticking as residents have a month to make their feelings known about potential quarry sites on green fields and farmland.

West Sussex County Council last week released its list of potential quarry sites for its new minerals plan, identifying a number of possibilities around Chichester

Back in 2009, quarry plans around the area were fiercely contested by residents, with former campaign group leader Mike Hall again calling on people to register their opinions on the proposals.

“My message is that the community should stand up now and make their voices loud and clear,” he said.

“It’s a wake-up call to all those supporting housing developments on greenfield sites, because more greenfield sites will have to be lost to provide the minerals for the new developments.”

Another of the main sites proposed is on land owned by the Church Commissioners for England at Oving.

Reacting to the news, chairman of Oving Parish Council Sjoerd Schuyleman said it was something the parish council would be examining in great detail.

A previous campaign group was formed in Oving to protect its greenfield sites, known as LOLA (Leave Oving Land Alone), the name that has since been passed on to the Leave Oving Lights Alone campaign.

The list of potential sites was released as part of West Sussex County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority’s work on a minerals local plan that would run until 2031.

The council stressed no preferred sites had been identified at this stage. The preferred sites will be included in a draft plan, expected to be published in 2015.

West Sussex County Council cabinet member Pieter Montyn said the council was ‘committed to involving the public in the plan-making process’.

The plan looks to set out policies against which proposals for mineral development will be assessed, directing development to the ‘most appropriate locations’.

Although the sites listed are included in the council’s mineral study, one at least appears to be already off 
the table.

The Goodwood-owned Redvins site was put forward by Dudman as a potential site, but Goodwood estate director Alun Rees said it had no intention of the area being used for sand or gravel extraction.

“We wouldn’t want to do it,” he said.

There is a deadline of September 22 to make comments on the sites currently named.

Paper copies of the minerals sites study should be available at all county, district and borough council offices, and at the South Downs National Park Authority’s headquarters. Further information on the consultation can be found on the county council’s website at www.westsussex.gov.uk/mwdf and any questions relating to the consultation can be emailed to mwdf@westsussex.gov.uk

Alternatively, call 01243 642118.

The sites proposed around Chichester are:

Slades Field

Parish: Funtington

Area: 26ha

Potential yield: 851,400 tonnes of sharp sand and gravel

Current use: Greenfield

Owner: Hanson UK

Potential operator: Hanson UK

Notes: The site is owned solely by Hanson and is considered to be deliverable. It would be a new site as no previous work has gone on here. The council said it had not come forward to date due to the site’s size.

Common Road East

Parish: Funtington

Area: 15ha

Potential yield: 422,500 tonnes of sharp sand and gravel

Current use: Greenfield

Owner: Hanson UK

Potential operator: Hanson UK

Notes: Another site in the Funtington parish considered to be available and deliverable, also with the possibility of working with other potential sites nearby in Funtington – Common Road West, Funtington West and Slades Field. The site includes one of the runways of the second world war Funtington advanced landing ground and so buried wartime airfield features may survive.

Common Road West

Parish: Funtington

Area: 7.36ha

Potential yield: 254,000 tonnes of sharp sand and gravel

Current use: Greenfield

Owner: Hanson UK

Potential operator: Hanson UK

Notes: This site is considered by the county council to be deliverable and was promoted for inclusion in the new plan through the public nomination process. There is considered to be potential for the site to work in conjunction with the following sites: Common Road East, Funtington West, and Slades Field, all within the Funtington parish. The county council said the area had a history of mineral working.

Woodmancote

Parish: Westbourne

Area: 28ha

Potential yield: TBC

Current use: Greenfield

Owner: Mr D Welch

Potential operator: TBC

Notes: The site has been partially worked, but different boundaries have been identified in the 2014 plan.

Hanson UK, part of HeidelbergCement Group has expressed an interest in the site. The deliverability of the site is unknown but considered to have a low-medium sensitivity to extraction, the council does not believe it would compromise the tranquillity of the South Downs National Park.

Densworth North

Parish: Funtington

Area: 18.82ha

Potential yield: 700,000 tonnes of sharp sand and gravel

Current use: Greenfield

Owner: Mr Sadler

Potential operator: Dudman Group Ltd

Notes: The site has not been considered previously. The deliverability of the site is not clear as the county council said it did not know whether Mr Sadler supported the development of the site at this stage. This site is considered to have a higher sensitivity to extraction than some of the other sites put forward. The council has recommended that early excavation takes place as the site includes part of a former late Iron Age entrenchment.

West Stoke Road West

Parish: Funtington and Lavant

Area: 46ha

Potential yield: 800,000 tonnes of sharp sand and gravel

Current use: Greenfield

Site owner: Mr Mortimer

Potential operator: TBC

Notes: Similarly to West Stoke Road East, an application was refused in 2009 to start extractions at the site. It is owned by Mr Mortimer, who also owns West Stoke Road East. Like that site, West Stoke Road West is not considered deliverable as there would be restrictions on any other potential future operator working on the land. The company Tarmac, which was behind the Lavant gravel scheme five years, also originally sold the land but reserved mineral rights.

West Stoke Road East

Parish: Funtington and Lavant

Area: 9.3ha

Potential yield: 800,000 tonnes of sharp sand and gravel

Current use: Former mineral workings

Site owner: Mr Mortimer

Potential operator: TBC

Notes: An application for mineral extraction from this site was refused in 2009 after it was allocated in the 2003 minerals plan as part of a package of sites around Lavant. At the moment the county council said the owner, Mr Mortimer, was unlikely to support the development of the site. The land was sold by Tarmac with mineral rights reserved, but the county council said the company did not intend to exercise any right to work them. It added there would also be restrictions on any other potential future operator working the site and therefore the site was not considered to be deliverable.

Hunters Race Lane North

Parish: Lavant

Area: 12ha

Potential yield: 800,000 tonnes of sharp sand and gravel

Current use: Greenfield

Site owner: Mr Mortimer

Potential operation: TBC

Notes: Another site the county council does not currently consider to be deliverable, as it believes the owner would support development of the site. Tarmac also sold the land originally, retaining mineral rights, but the county council believes the company does not intend to exercise any right to work them. Thee would also be retrictions on any future operator working the site. The site was part of the package of sites refused permission for extraction in 2009. According to the county council, there has been a history of mineral working in the area, with sites in the immediate area between 1969 and 1991.

Brick Kiln Farm

Parish: North Mundham and Oving

Area: 47ha

Potential yield: 1.5 million tonnes of sharp sand and gravel

Curent use: Greenfield

Site owner: West Sussex County Council

Potential operator: TBC

Notes: The site is owned by the county council, which said it could deliver the site, however no potential operators have been identified yet. It has been identified as having a low sensitivity to extraction and is quite close to a number of businesses and homes, including Vinnetrow Business Park.

Madam Green Farm

Parish: Oving

Area: 53.3ha

Potential yield: 1.5 million tonnes of sharp sand and gravel

Current use: Greenfield

Site owner: Church Commissioners for England

Potential operator: Dudman Group Ltd

Notes: This is one of the largest sites proposed in the plan and is an amalgamation of three other sites only considered individually in the past: Shopwyke South, Madam Green Farm West and Withies Farm West. It would stretch from just south of Shopwhyke Nurseries all the way down across the railway line nearly up to the Drayton roundabout on the A259 and towards Oving. According to the county council, part of the land was subject to a planning application for sand and gravel extraction in 1972, but it was refused because of the loss of high-grade agricultural land. Another application was withdrawn in 1998. The council considers this site to be deliverable by both the landowner and potential operator. While the council said it considered the site overall to have low-medium sensitivity to extraction, it admitted the ‘high visibility’ of the site in the surrounding landscape made it of ‘slightly higher sensitivity’.

Land At Redvins

Parish: Boxgrove

Area: 60ha

Potential yield: one million tonnes of sharp sand and gravel

Current use: Farmland and farm properties, woodland and occasional properties

Site owner: Goodwood Estate

Potential operator: Dudman Group Ltd

Notes: Situated within the South Downs National Park, the site is considered to have a medium to high sensitivity to extraction. The county council said there was a ‘proven deposit’ on the site and Dudman was interested in bringing the site forward. The site is situated between the west side of the A285 between Boxgrove and Halnaker and the east side of Goodwood Golf Course and the Goodwood Hotel.

Funtington West

Parish: Funtington

Area: 46.55ha

Potential yield: 1.2 million tonnes of sharp sand and gravel

Current use: Agriculture

Site owner: Hanson UK

Potential operator: Hanson UK

Notes: Considered a deliverable site, it was nominated for inclusion this year.

 

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