A project in the East of England: assisting a group reduce the impact of development on the local area
Planning Aid England was asked to provide assistance to Stop the Quarry community group, who were concerned about the potential highway impacts associated with the extraction of gravel from a local quarry in Essex. The site was identified in the Local Minerals Plan and residents were concerned about HGV movements and whether safe access could be provided.
A professionally qualified volunteer with experience of Minerals Planning assisted the group and further support was provided by a transport planner. The volunteer reviewed the planning application and the associated transport statement and provided a comprehensive report to the group. The volunteer also advised on possible mitigation measures which would lessen the impact of the development relating to the maximum number of vehicles, hours of operation and monitoring arrangements. These comments formed part of the wider representation submitted by the group whose concerns focused around four key areas (including highways) and who proposed 16 conditions to address road safety and protection, flooding and river levels, restoration and a range of other issues.
The group found the advice to be extremely helpful
The group found the advice to be "extremely helpful and [we at] Stop the Quarry are most grateful". As a gesture of their appreciation the group provided a donation to Planning Aid England.
This support could not be delivered without our volunteers and we are particular keen to recruit volunteers with expertise in minerals and waste or transport planning.
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