Transport

* The proposal is to put a maximum of 172 HGVs on the B3174 Exeter Road every day during the 5-7 week campaigns, 2-3 times a year, over 10-12 years; although the plan has apparently been ‘tested’ for up to 200 HGVs a day.
* 172 movements would mean one heavy truck every 3½ minutes over a 10 hour day.
* This is on the main road in to and out of Ottery, between the Birdcage Lane/Toadpit Lane junction and Daisymount junction.
* This figure equates to an increase of 225% of HGVs on this stretch of road during campaigns.
* The journey to Uffculme, where AI now wants to process the sand and gravel, is 23 miles.
* For 1.5 million tonnes of as-dug material, that would total 2.5 million miles.
* Which would involve 107,142 HGV movements.
* And would produce around 4,000 tonnes of CO2 and 40 tonnes of NOx.

Ecology

* The proposal is to remove 2,090 metres of ancient hedgerows at Straitgate Farm, as well as several trees.
* Dormice – a European Protected Species – have been found in hedgerows all over the farm.
* Surveys show that at least 11 species of bats – also protected – use these hedgerows.
* The revised access point on Birdcage Lane (now 45m from the junction) would require the removal of a wide stretch of trees, shrubs and Devon bank.

https://planning.devon.gov.uk/PlanDisp.aspx?AppNo=DCC/3944/2017

For more information visit the Straitgate Action group website at: http://www.straitgateactiongroup.blogspot.co.uk

You can view the documentation via the Devon County Council website at https://planning.devon.gov.uk/PlanDisp.aspx?AppNo=DCC/3944/2017

The deadline for comments is 24 March. If you wish to comment email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). People should give their name and address and the planning reference: DCC/3944/2017.

Pic: A birdseye view of Straitgate Farm quarrying area.