Morants claim they must bring in 84,000+ lorry loads of waste from Erith and South London
Morants Promotions Ltd have produced a further report claiming to look at alternative approaches to their preferred one.
Kent County Council Planning want your views on their latest submission as well as a summary of your previous comments. Please respond by Saturday 6th March***. www.kentplanningapplications.co.uk Application number KCC/SE/0495/2018
For earlier information on the application, comments and objections, please click here.
Here is KCC’s notification about Morants Promotions’ latest submission Covers_Fam_ES_Add_KCC _Letter_1
Here is their latest report. ES Addendum
There has never been reliable evidence supporting the claim that the existing state of the northern quarry face poses a threat to the M25 motorway. Residents in Westerham, Brasted Sundridge and Biggin Hill would like to see such evidence as they contemplate the disruption the proposed option (800K cubic metres of infill) would cause. They are alarmed that the proposed option would entail hundreds of thousands of tipper trucks (please see below) with all the danger and disruption this means for local roads.
The proposed ‘haul’ road suggested by Options 3-6, including the preferred one, would bring noise, fumes, dust and disruption to Churchill Primary School pupils for 6 years or more.
- The actual proposal (Option 5): 800k cubic metres of waste – the application states 84,200 lorries
- 1 million cubic metres (Option 6) equates to 105,000 additional lorries on our roads
- The structural engineering option (Option 2). If one accepted for a moment (and no convincing reliable evidence has yet been produced) that there was an urgent need to shore up the northern face, the spaced bored piles approach (used at Junction 6 in 2000) could entail as few as 400 lorries and could be completed in a matter of months. It could be combined with careful dewatering. The piles could be buried so that farm machinery could could be operated once restoration was complete. It would be expensive for the quarry owner, but far less disruptive to Westerham, Brasted Sundridge, Biggin Hill and Tatsfield. So if the work had to be done, why not this one?
The carbon and emissions footprint of 84,200 lorries bringing waste from Erith and south-east London would be terrible.
Covers Farm Quarry was not allocated as a waste site in the 2013-33 Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan – there were enough other sites. Upon review in 2019 it was left out again . It should not be included as a waste site via the back door.
*** Saturday 6th March is the deadline announced on the KCC Planning portal, on the advertisement published in the Kent Messenger and on the KCC notice entitled Further Information (see below). This appears therefore to be the effective deadline. Please go to www.kentplanningapplications.co.uk Application number KCC/SE/0495/2018 and have your say.
(Page header photo shows the lorry congestion created by the Cherry Tree Lodge Golf Club haul road close to Biggin Hill, which lasted two-and-a-half years)
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