LOXWOOD CLAYPIT & WASTE RECYCLING PLANNING APPLICATION
AN OUTSTANDING RESULT - UNANIMOUSLY REFUSED!
The planning application for a claypit and waste recycling facility in Pallinghurst Woods, was finally heard yesterday by WSCC Planning Committee at County Hall in Chichester. We are delighted to share that the Committee returned a unanimous decision to REFUSE the application, following the Planning Officer’s advice to refuse.
PROTECT THE WOODLAND
WHERE IS THE PROPOSED SITE?
An application for planning permission for a clay quarry and construction materials recycling facility (CMRF) for CD&E wastes including the use of an existing access from Loxwood Road, the extraction and exportation of clay and restoration using suitable recovered materials from the CMRF to nature conservation interest including woodland, waterbodies and wetland habitats.
300 Acres of Loxwood woodland crossed by public bridlepaths and footpaths are owned by Loxwood Clay Pits Ltd (Company number 10729828).
The same Directors appear to own Loxwaste Ltd (Company number 10811990), a skip hire company.
LCP have appointed Protreat Ltd (Company number 07658884), to act as their agent.
19 acres of this woodland, 1.6KM down forest tracks into the native broadleaved oak and ash woodland will be felled, dug up for commercial clay and infilled with trommell fines retrieved from the waste works.
(15 acres for extraction, 19 acres when including all the buildings, and recycling area)
A new 1400 square foot building to house a waste recycling facility for construction and demolition waste would be sited at the end of the foresty road. An adjacent footpath is slated for closure for 33 years.
HGV's would skip waste in and remove waste for resale following recycling. There would be 42 movements of HGVs per day which would travel of a public bridleway and public footpaths.
Pre-planning public consultation webinars were held in August, October and December 2020 by Protreat.
If you missed them, they can be found on the Loxwood Clay Pits Ltd website.
In the first week of January 2021, new access gates were put up across the woodland, as threatened by Protreat during the consultation.