Loxwood Claypits / Protreat have now submitted their application to West Sussex County Council (WSCC), 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"
Their application is published and live on WSCC website with the reference WSCC/030/21
WHAT HAPPENS NOW?
The public have until 30th August 2021 to object.
The Stop The Claypit campaign group are now reviewing the application and with the help of pre-appointed consultants, will shortly share a summary of the key policy related objection points and some guidance notes on ‘how to object’.
Until then its best to download and read the application, but we suggest you wait until guidance is shared before objecting.
Check back here to see this in a few days, or visit our facebook group and campaign page.
HOW TO OBJECT:
Once you’ve read the application, if you agree with us and want to object to any development, we’ll share a pack to help you object.
WHO CAN OBJECT:
Anyone over the age of 18 can object, and this can be done by hard copy letter, by email or via the WSCC web site. Each application needs to highlight the planning reasons you feel the application is worthy of objection and must be written by you, but our summary will help to highlight the valid reasons a planning committee could consider.
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, 1.3KM down forest tracks into the native broadleaved oak and ash woodland could be changed by commercial mineral, principally, clay extraction.
(15 acres for extraction, 19 acres when including all the buildings, and recycling area)
A new building to house a waste recycling facility for construction and demolition waste would be sited at the end of the forestry road.
HGV's would skip waste in and remove waste for resale following recycling.
Not sure where the proposed site is? Check out the maps opposite.
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.
StopTheClayPit are a group of local volunteers, including experienced and successful ecology campaigners. Our aim is to uncover the relevant policy related reasons to object to any planning application that could affect the woodlands.
Planning is now lodged with WSCC. Stay tuned for full details, check out latest news section.
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