Trees and hedges are currently being planted around AI’s proposed quarry boundaries on Straitgate Farm. Planting ahead of an application is standard practice.
The boreholes on and around the site are continually being monitored. In January, groundwater levels had already risen significantly – up five metres in one borehole within the proposed area of excavation!
The consultants have collected enough data to start modelling stream-flows and draw-downs associated with AI’s proposals. AI should learn more later in March about whether this modelling confirms their proposed footprint and depth of excavation or otherwise.
AI have not yet supplied Devon County Council with responses to questions and issues raised over the Straitgate proposals. As a result, the Minerals Plan will be further delayed, and the county council now anticipates the public consultation to be held around early summer. DCC has said it intends to hold informal discussions with local stakeholders some time in the next couple of months.
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