Planning application to develop a quarry on the edge of Ottery goes live
Thursday, 09 March 2017 4 Comments by Claire
The second planning application for a 100 acre quarry on the edge of Ottery has gone live.
The first one was withdrawn last year as the applicants were not confident of getting approval.
Devon County Council as the minerals authority will determine the planning application, which has been submitted by Aggregate Industries and includes the following:
* The proposal is to put a maximum of 172 HGVs on the B3174 Exeter Road every day during the 5-7 week campaigns, 2-3 times a year, over 10-12 years; although the plan has apparently been ‘tested’ for up to 200 HGVs a day.
* 172 movements would mean one heavy truck every 3½ minutes over a 10 hour day.
* This is on the main road in to and out of Ottery, between the Birdcage Lane/Toadpit Lane junction and Daisymount junction.
* This figure equates to an increase of 225% of HGVs on this stretch of road during campaigns.
* The journey to Uffculme, where AI now wants to process the sand and gravel, is 23 miles.
* For 1.5 million tonnes of as-dug material, that would total 2.5 million miles.
* Which would involve 107,142 HGV movements.
* And would produce around 4,000 tonnes of CO2 and 40 tonnes of NOx.
* The proposal is to remove 2,090 metres of ancient hedgerows at Straitgate Farm, as well as several trees.
* Dormice - a European Protected Species - have been found in hedgerows all over the farm.
* Surveys show that at least 11 species of bats - also protected - use these hedgerows.
* The revised access point on Birdcage Lane (now 45m from the junction) would require the removal of a wide stretch of trees, shrubs and Devon bank.
For more information visit the Straitgate Action group website at: http://www.straitgateactiongroup.blogspot.co.uk
You can view the documentation via the Devon County Council website at https://planning.devon.gov.uk/PlanDisp.aspx?AppNo=DCC/3944/2017
Pic: A birdseye view of Straitgate Farm quarrying area.