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Objectors had feared the facility would mean more noise and traffic
A CONTROVERSIAL plan to convert a disused lime quarry into a recycling facility has been rejected.
Hampshire County Council’s regulatory committee voted to refuse the application by Tadley-based firm John Stacey Group to develop Wolverton Chalk Pit.
As previously reported, the plan was to use the 3.8-hectare site, off the A339, just north of Kingsclere, to segregate waste, crush concrete, screen soils, and remove recyclable material from waste.
But objectors complained that the facility would create noise and overstretch the roads.
In a statement to the county committee, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Baughurst ward member Councillor Graham Round said he was concerned about the potential increase in lorries travelling on the A339 and towards Wolverton.
“The site will generate an unacceptable level of inappropiate vehicles along the A339 and the local network of country lanes," said Cllr Round.
“The A339 is not a trunk route – it is already well over-capacity and has a high accident history, and proposals that increase lorry traffic on this route should be refused.”
Hampshire county councillor Cllr Warwick Lovegrove added that he was concerned of damage to the natural environment. The quarry lies within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is near to Sites Important to Nature Conservation.
“To have concrete crushing and tyre shredding is not condusive to that area,” said Cllr Lovegrove. “It would comprimise the quality of life for residents and the natural environment in the area.”
Prior to going before the committee, formal objections had been sent in to the county council from local councillors at both county and borough level, as well as objections from parish councils at Hannington, Kingsclere, Ashford Hill, Wootton St Lawrence, and Greenham.
Further objections from Tadley Town Council, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, and West Berkshire District Council were also received by county planning chiefs.
County council officers had recommended the committee to approve the application, stating that the development would not “significantly detract from the natural beauty" of the area and the highway safety impact was deemed "acceptable”.
However, when it was put to the vote, the application was refused by 12 votes to two.
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