Last month a planning inspector approved plans to quarry at Straitgate Farm, off Barrack Road, despite no site for processing being agreed, despite Devon County Council highways objection to the proposed access onto the tiny Birdcage Lane which is proposed to be widened, and then onto Barrack Road ….and despite concerns from the Environment Agency about the potential impact on an underground watercourse that feeds ancient woodland and provides drinking water for well over 100 people.

The company appears to have finally given up asking to process the sand and gravel at Blackhill Quarry on Woodbury Common, which was disallowed due to EU regulations protecting the flora and fauna there…. they now propose to process the material at an existing quarry at Uffculme – a 46 mile round trip.  So much for sustainable development!

I would have thought it was a presumptuous to hold an exhibition on plans to quarry here before the council has even formally decided whether or not to include the land in its minerals plan!

I will be attending the development management committee meeting next week to ask them to exclude Straitgate from the plan.

Regardless of Wednesday’s planning committee decision, it is expected that a planning application will be submitted shortly.