Aggregate Industries wants to to quarry a greenfield site – a productive dairy farm hosting miles of ancient hedgerows, dormice, and spring water for ancient woodland and 100 people – at a time when the county already has millions of tonnes of sand and gravel with planning permission.

The draft minerals plan, following the planning committee meeting in July, is set for a 12 week public consultation, from the beginning of August.

A planning application to quarry at Straitgate Farm, has now been submitted by Aggregate Industries and is expected to go online for a 21 day public consultation next week.

The planning application will be considered separately from the proposal in the minerals plan for Straitgate Farm to be quarried, but clearly the two are inextricably linked.

Aggregate Industries say that they will not quarry below the water table.

The weighty tomes of documentation, some of which I examined at County Hall this morning, is currently incomplete and officers are awaiting more information from Aggregate Industries to be able to consult on the plans.

The planning committee (or development management committee) meeting where the draft minerals plan is considered by councillors, will be held on Wednesday 15 July, at 2pm.

It is important that as many local people as possible attend the meeting, although I am informed that only councillors will be able to address the committee on strategic items such as the minerals plan.

Members of the public are able to address the planning committee on planning applications.

It is also important that residents respond both to the minerals plan public consultation and the planning application by Aggregate Industries.

Straitgate Action Group is now fundraising via its website for donations to help finance an expert planning consultant to assist with fighting the quarry.  To donate and for much more information about the proposals see – http://straitgateactiongroup.blogspot.co.uk/p/what-to-do.html 

I have donated £1000 to the campaign, from my Devon County Council locality budget.

Pic:  Line of oaks at Straitgate Farm, which may be at risk from the proposal to quarry here. There is also well over one mile of ancient hedgerow that is also at risk.  Much else is at stake.