Extension of mineral extraction denied given limited need

An appeal involving the planned extraction of sand and gravel at a quarry in the Hertfordshire green belt has been refused because an inspector was not convinced that it was needed.

200-002-755 (Image Credit: Hertfordshire CC)
200-002-755 (Image Credit: Hertfordshire CC)

The site lay within a rural area with low daytime noise levels, the inspector noted, but the predicted impact on nearby residential occupiers would not be significant. But in his opinion the potential risk of dust could have an adverse impact on a nearby astronomical observatory which played an important role in detecting climate change and in monitoring high-profile dust generating events. A planned dust management plan as suggested by the appellants could not guarantee that the impact on research activities would not be significantly compromised. In addition, the site did not lie within a preferred area for mineral extraction and the council had demonstrated an adequate supply of sand and gravel. The adverse impact of the development would not be outweighed by the ability to deliver only 450,000 tonnes which was modest compared with the identified reserves.

Inspector: Chris Hoult; Hearing

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