• Quarry company submits planning application for livestock crossing over B3174 Exeter Road

    16th December 2020 | News | Claire
  • Aggregate Industries has submitted a cynical planning application for a livestock crossing over the B3174 (the road from Ottery St Mary to the Daisymout roundabout).

    The application, which is for land next to and opposite Straitgate Farm, claims to be improving an existing situation where a few times a year local farmers must cross cattle and sheep.

    However, the real reason behind the application is the overall planning application for a 100 acre quarry, which proposes to remove almost 90 per cent of grazing pasture for the tenant farmer’s cattle.

    As a result, if the application was approved around 150 cattle would need to cross the road to be milked four times a day, resulting in huge tailbacks in both directions.

    A completely ludicrous proposal for a busy A road with a speed limit of 60mph.

    But reading the planning application for the crossing you get the impression it is simply related to helping the tenant farmer and nothing to do with Aggregate Industries’ own plans to create a scar across farmland and destroy trees and hedges, to extract an arguably small amount of sand and gravel.

    For more information see the excellent Straitgate Action Group blog post – Straitgate Action Group: AI submits planning application for livestock crossing over B3174 Exeter Road

    Comments close on the planning application on 12 January. It is really important local people respond to East Devon District Council with their concerns or views before then.  Here’s the link – 20/2542/FUL | New access to the B3174 Exeter Road to provide a livestock crossing incorporating holding pens | Straitgate Farm Exeter Road Ottery St Mary EX11 1LG (eastdevon.gov.uk)

    I have put a call in to the Devon County County highways planning officer to talk through my own concerns. I will also be formally objecting to the application.

    Photo: An aerial view of the proposed quarry at Straitgate Farm.