A blueprint for Hampshire's sand and gravel mining outlines development up to 2030
A blueprint setting out how Hampshire’s sand and gravel mining would be managed is a step closer to being finalised.
The Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan Draft outlining development for the area up to 2030 has been approved by Hampshire County Council after a heated debate.
The 250-page plan, in the pipeline for seven years, sets out the sites that will supply minerals to build and repair homes and roads in the county as well as locations that will be used for waste management including landfill.
Bramshill Quarry, Eversley Quarry and Eversley Common Quarry are three of the sites that will provide an adequate and steady supply of minerals in the future.
Sharp sand and gravel from the Hook and Eversley sites will provide sufficient reserves for at least seven years. Public rights of way around theses sites will be replaced or diverted during extraction works.
Most mineral movements will be via lorries although a key priority of the plan is to minimise and manage the impact of traffic which can give rise to dust, noise, vibration, congestion and CO2 emissions.
It is anticipated that these three gravel sites will be developed at varying timescales within the plan period.
Reserves from the extension sites, which includes Bramshill Quarry extension, are expected to be required as the existing permitted reserves become exhausted.
Last week’s meeting followed a three-year period of public consultation. Some councillors continued to raise concerns that were previously expressed by residents such as increased pressure on roads, air quality and the effect on nature.
Hampshire needs to provide 30 million tonnes of material by 2030 to meet the sand and gravel requirement for 1.56m tonnes per annum.
As the hour and 15 minute debate came to a close, 53 councillors voted in favour of the plan, with 12 voting against.
Councillor David Simpson, who represents Hartley Wintney, Eversley and Yateley, voted in favour.
He said: “I had the opportunity to discuss every single aspect within my division.
“I speak from a division that has material recovery, metal recycling, sand extraction, gravel extraction and is also the best place in the country to live.
“So I don’t accept some of the comments that are coming forward that this will necessarily detract from where you live.
“I accept that there are problems, because I have fought against those problems over the years, the heavy lorries going through, the fact that we have too much in reserves so that it takes longer to extract and we have lorries going not for two, three, four years, but for five, 10, 15 years, there are problems but this plan has addressed everything it needed to for the nation’s sake.”
The council, as the minerals and waste planning authority, has a statutory duty to plan for minerals and waste development and the current Hampshire Minerals and Waste Core Strategy is out-of-date.
The Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan has been prepared to replace it. Before it is fully adopted, all of the authorities involved will need to formally approve it.
These authorities include Portsmouth City Council, Southampton City Council, the New Forest National Park authority and the South Downs National Park authority.
The plan is then subject to a six-week challenge period.