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Have your say on future quarrying


Published at 9:15am 25th May 2019.

It's the last chance to have our say on planned quarrying at various sites across Dorset.

The county-wide Minerals Sites Plan includes new sites and extensions to existing ones.

Proposals include quarrying farmland in Moreton, Wareham and Woodsford, as well as Puddletown Road.

The plan, which identifies sites to meet the need for sand, gravel, stone and ball clay in the future, says work in this Strategic Nature Area would provide an opportunity to carry out landscape management and restoration.

The plan includes seven sites for sand and gravel, a site in Purbeck for the production of crushed rock, five small scale Purbeck Stone quarries, three extensions to building stone sites in north and west Dorset and a site for the production of recycled aggregates near Poole.

The Secretary of State appointed Inspector Elizabeth Ord to conduct an examination to consider whether the mineral sites plan has been prepared in accordance with legal and procedural requirements and whether it is sound.

Public hearing sessions were held in the autumn of 2018 with a further session in February 2019 to consider the proposals. Following these public sessions, changes to the plan were made and Dorset Council is encouraging people to consider the issues discussed and comment on the proposed changes.

Cllr David Walsh, Dorset Council’s portfolio holder for Planning said:

“We strongly encourage people to give us their views on the proposed changes during this consultation. This is the final opportunity to comment on proposals.”

We have until 20th June to comment.

Find out more a and make your comments here

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