I have today submitted my response to the Surrey County Council consultation on the Cemex application for gravel extraction at Whitehall Farm. Following meetings and correspondence with a number of residents about the application, including Residents Against Gravel Extraction (RAGE), I have raised a number of concerns about the proposals, including the impact on residents, flood plain and the Green Belt, and concerns that some local residents have not been consulted.
While I welcome the interest in investment to the area and in principle I support measures to provide local employment, it is essential that any proposals do not damage our extremely precious local environment or impact unduly on residents. A copy of my submission is available below. Further information about the application for this site is available here.
While most applications are determined by the local borough council as the designated planning authority, Surrey County Council deal with applications for minerals or waste-related developments. These applications are assessed against policies in the Minerals and Waste Development Framework, which includes the Surrey Minerals Plan and Surrey Waste Plan, the policies in the relevant borough or district Local Plan and any Neighbourhood Plan.
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