Thank you to everyone who came along to our final round of exhibitions on the 4th, 5th and 6th April 2009. Over 100 people came along to look over the plans and see inside the quarry. The exhibition covered the feedback received from those who attended the previous exhibitions, as well as the updated plans including the results of monitoring and environmental assessments.
During the exhibition, several people asked to be able to access the image entitled 'Improved Public Access'; that image is now available here.
• A request for a 'Scoping Opinion' will be submitted by Aggregate Industries to Leicestershire County Council (LCC) by the end of April. This will allow LCC to determine, through consultation, what issues need to be addressed in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the proposals and whether these are adequately covered by the work undertaken so far.
• The Planning Application with accompanying EIA is still planned to be submitted to LCC in June 2009.
• The Planning Application will be the subject of widespread consultation by LCC, including Statutory Authorities (e.g. North West Leicestershire District Council, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Parish Councils, the Environment Agency and Natural England amongst others), non statutory bodies (e.g. The Council for the Protection of Rural England, The Friends of Charnwood Forest, public access groups etc.) and occupiers of properties living close to the proposed development.
• The Planning Application and accompanying EIA will, by necessity, be extremely detailed. This will allow LCC to make a balanced decision as to whether the development should be allowed to proceed. It will however include a Non Technical Summary in the form of a leaflet and this will be circulated by Aggregate Industries to our neighbours and consultees.
• The formal consultation exercise is likely to take between 6 and 12 months to conclude, at which point LCC Officers will produce their own detailed report making a recommendation to Members as to whether the application should be approved or refused.
• Aggregate Industries will be pleased to receive comments and feedback on the proposals at all times prior to submission of the planning application and also on the application itself once submitted.
Anyone who was unable to attend the exhibitions, has any questions, or would like to visit the quarry, please call Simon Taylor – Regional Director for Bardon Aggregates on 01530 512323.