Fresh chance to comment on Hampshire plans for mineral extraction

Mineral extraction views

Mineral extraction views

First published in News

THE public is set to have another say on plans to extract millions of tonnes of minerals in Hampshire over the next 20 years.

A number of changes have been made to Hampshire County Council’s Minerals and Waste Plan, after it was inspected by an independent planning inspector.

But campaigners against gravel extraction in Hamble and digging up an area of land covering 700,000 sq m at Purple Haze, near Ringwood, were disappointed – as both sites remained in the plan.

Protesters spoke at a two-week hearing in Winchester in June when planning inspector Andrew Freeman examined the plan for “soundness”.

Concerns were raised about damage to the environment, noise, dust, loss of green space and extra lorry movement.

Changes made to the plan include moving the area earmarked for the supply of brick-making clay at Michelmersh Brickworks to include School House Field and Hillside Field.

The new consultation runs to Monday, December 17.

To comment on the changes, email planning.policy@hants.gov.uk or call 01962 846591.

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