Rudheath Lodge Farm EIA screening opinion request.
A group of residents are putting forward an argument against the possibility of a sand quarry between Goostrey Lane and New Platt Lane, Cranage. They have asked LoveGoostrey to publish the letter below and hope that you will contact CEC to object. However we would like to stress that as yet this is not an application (they have to assess the impact on the environment first) so you cannot comment through CEC’s website. A different reference number would be used should it become an application. We will add a page under Planning Applications on LoveGoostrey to keep you updated with any developments.
“The aim of Environmental Impact Assessment is to protect the environment by ensuring that a local planning authority when deciding whether to grant planning permission for a project, which is likely to have significant effects on the environment, does so in the full knowledge of the likely significant effects, and takes this into account in the decision making process…….to ensure that the public are given early and effective opportunities to participate in the decision making procedures.” gov.uk
I can now confirm that Sibelco, the mineral extraction company, have registered a planning application with Cheshire East Council in relation to the grounds within Rudheath Lodge Farm, Knutsford Road, Cranage.
The application has been allocated reference number 15/2390S
We are not prepared to allow this application for development to ruin our environment. Please do everything that you possibly can to help us to prevent this application from being approved.
The description of the application reads as follows:
“Environmental Impact Assessment request for proposed industrial sand development, together with landscaping, processing plant, associated works and progressive restoration”
Apparently the plan is for the excavation to take place over a period approximated to be 10 years at the conclusion of which the area may* be turned into a large lake, as has been common practice with this type of activity.
- 10 years of dust – Silica sand is carcinogenic
- 10 years of noise – Noisy driers utilised to dry the mineral
- 10 years of traffic issues – both heavy lorries and diggers with reversing beepers
The entrance to the site is planned to be off the A50 near to the driveway for Woodside Golf Club with excavated sand then removed from the site at the New Platt Lane end of the fields.
I urge you to please e mail email@example.com as soon as possible and simply state your objection to planning application 15/2390S initially on the grounds of loss of outlook, loss of privacy, noise and disturbance arising from the plant, hazardous materials, highway safety issues, traffic generation, vehicular access and nature conservation.
*Please note that we are currently reviewing the circumstances relating to Moneystone Quarry in Staffordshire where Sibelco have previously failed to restore a site once quarrying has been exhausted.
A repeat of that type of scenario should be a real concern to all local residents and businesses alike. Please refer to www.whiston-action-group.co.uk/tag/sibelco/
If you would like to register your e mail address with us then please do so and we will be happy to keep you updated: firstname.lastname@example.org