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Lea Castle Farm, Kidderminster

Widespread exposure to harmful mineral dust for residents and children

We are a group of concerned residents who oppose the proposed sand & gravel quarry at Lea Castle Farm, Kidderminster – situated alongside the A449 (Wolverhampton Road) and B4189 (Wolverley Road).

 

Following the submission of the Scoping request to Worcestershire County Council in April 2018, and two public consultations held in Cookley and Wolverley in June 2019, this campaign group was formed in readiness to fight a planning application which was then submitted in January 2020.

On 30th April 16th July and 19th July 2021 NRS Aggregates Ltd wrote to Worcestershire County Council submitting additional information to further support their planning application.

We are a group of concerned residents who oppose the proposed sand & gravel quarry at Lea Castle Farm, Kidderminster – situated alongside the A449 (Wolverhampton Road) and B4189 (Wolverley Road).

 

Following the submission of the Scoping request to Worcestershire County Council in April 2018, and two public consultations held in Cookley and Wolverley in June 2019, this campaign group was formed in readiness to fight a planning application which was then submitted in January 2020.

On 30th April 16th July and 19th July 2021 NRS Aggregates Ltd wrote to Worcestershire County Council submitting additional information to further support their planning application.

With the application now heading into its final stages having been though several rounds of consultation. We urgently need you to object to the latest information submitted before September 9th 2021. (If you have already objected, we ask that you please do so again) The planning application reference number is 19/000053/CM and object by clicking this link www.worcestershire.gov.uk/eplanning or by email to DevControlTeam@worcestershire.gov.uk or by post to Directorate of Economy and Infrastructure WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL County Hall, Spetchley Road Worcester WR5 2NP. Please make sure you always quote the planning reference and say why you are objecting.

Local MP Mark Garnier and the Wyre Forest District and Parish Councils have already objected to the quarry but Worcester County Council get the final say so please tell them why you think this is a bad idea. We have set out some key points which you may find useful below.

Watch a clip from BBC Midlands Today about the Lea Castle Farm Quarry below:

Watch a clip from ITV News about the Lea Castle Farm Quarry below:

Watch a clip from Mark Garnier talking to Westminster Hall about Lea Castle Quarry:

IMPACT

  • The planning application has already been rejected by Wolverley and Cookley Parish Council and Wyre Forest District Council who have local knowledge of the area and impact to residents, schools, business, and the environment.
  • NRS has submitted more than 30 new documents the applicant should be forced to produce a single document as required by law.
  • The scoping report is now nearly three years out of date and supporting reports such as highways and environmental are now nearly two years out of date, this proposal is not being considered on information that is current.
  • Due to the pandemic the majority of those on the WCC planning committee have not even visited the site.
  • They state they propose to infill the quarry with inert material (this is tipping or landfill)
  • NRS are trying to justify their damage to the environment by submitting pretty pictures of families picnicking ignoring noise, dust, and traffic congestion.
  • There is no attempt to justify the traffic chaos and danger to local residents and schoolchildren from the HGV’s (over 150 movements per day) this does not include traffic to infill.
  • The economic argument is that 11 jobs will be created but this ignores the loss of value to our homes or the negative affect on new property delivery, losses through congestion or the cost of poor health.
  • There is a conflict in policy between Wyre Forest/Homes England’s push for new homes at Lea Castle Hospital and NRS’s quarry works within a few hundred metres that has been ignored.
  • NRS relies on out-of-date workplace health guidance to ignore the huge risk to local residents’ health from airborne sand particles – dust. This is silica dust that causes silicosis a deadly disease that causes a lifetime of lung disease. Health Authorities in the UK and around the world say dust from quarries can be deadly. This can result in silicosis which can kill people (Click here to find out more)
  • Destruction of Lea Castle Farms beautiful unspoilt countryside which will essentially become an industrialised area, a blot on the landscape, which is widely used by our local community and even further during the ongoing pandemic.
  • The duration of the quarrying has already increased from 10 years to 11 years, if approved what is to stop the duration increasing further?
  • Widespread exposure to harmful mineral dust for residents and children attending the five schools within less than a mile from the proposed site.
  • Erosion and damage to local roads and potential for burst water mains.
  • A huge risk of irreversibly polluting the water supply to the villages of Cookley, Wolverley and parts of Kidderminster.
  • Impact on local businesses surrounding the proposed site.
  • Impact on the historical landscape and features, including removal of approximately 100m of boundary wall dating back to 1762
  • Disruption of public footpaths which has joined the villages of Cookley and Wolverley since 1750. Removal and damage of protected trees

IMPACT

  • The planning application has already been rejected by Wolverley and Cookley Parish Council and Wyre Forest District Council who have local knowledge of the area and impact to residents, schools, business, and the environment.
  • NRS has submitted more than 30 new documents the applicant should be forced to produce a single document as required by law.
  • The scoping report is now nearly three years out of date and supporting reports such as highways and environmental are now nearly two years out of date, this proposal is not being considered on information that is current.
  • Due to the pandemic the majority of those on the WCC planning committee have not even visited the site.
  • They state they propose to infill the quarry with inert material (this is tipping or landfill)
  • NRS are trying to justify their damage to the environment by submitting pretty pictures of families picnicking ignoring noise, dust, and traffic congestion.
  • There is no attempt to justify the traffic chaos and danger to local residents and schoolchildren from the HGV’s (over 150 movements per day) this does not include traffic to infill.
  • The economic argument is that 11 jobs will be created but this ignores the loss of value to our homes or the negative affect on new property delivery, losses through congestion or the cost of poor health.
  • There is a conflict in policy between Wyre Forest/Homes England’s push for new homes at Lea Castle Hospital and NRS’s quarry works within a few hundred metres that has been ignored.
  • NRS relies on out-of-date workplace health guidance to ignore the huge risk to local residents’ health from airborne sand particles – dust. This is silica dust that causes silicosis a deadly disease that causes a lifetime of lung disease. Health Authorities in the UK and around the world say dust from quarries can be deadly. This can result in silicosis which can kill people (Click here to find out more)
  • Destruction of Lea Castle Farms beautiful unspoilt countryside which will essentially become an industrialised area, a blot on the landscape, which is widely used by our local community and even further during the ongoing pandemic.
  • The duration of the quarrying has already increased from 10 years to 11 years, if approved what is to stop the duration increasing further?
  • Widespread exposure to harmful mineral dust for residents and children attending the five schools within less than a mile from the proposed site.
  • Erosion and damage to local roads and potential for burst water mains.
  • A huge risk of irreversibly polluting the water supply to the villages of Cookley, Wolverley and parts of Kidderminster.
  • Impact on local businesses surrounding the proposed site.
  • Impact on the historical landscape and features, including removal of approximately 100m of boundary wall dating back to 1762
  • Disruption of public footpaths which has joined the villages of Cookley and Wolverley since 1750. Removal and damage of protected trees
This plan shows the quarry marked red. The prevailing wind is from the southwest (but obviously can blow any direction) this shows how the whole of Cookley will be continuously drenched in silica sand which is known to cause silicosis a potentially fatal disease. There are 2,500 people live in Cookley who will be affected and a further 4,500 in Wolverley and Broardwaters who will also be affected as the winds change.

We think this is unacceptable. Please object now by using the application reference number is 19/000053/CM and click this link www.worcestershire.gov.uk/eplanning or email to DevControlTeam@worcestershire.gov.uk or by post to Directorate of Economy and Infrastructure WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL County Hall, Spetchley Road Worcester WR5 2NP. Please make sure you always quote the planning reference and say why you are objecting.