Public Invited To View Planning Application for Minerals Extraction at Ripple East

Public Invited To View Planning Application for Minerals Extraction at Ripple East

April 20, 2022
Residents in Worcestershire can view proposals for the extraction of sand and gravel with restoration to agriculture and nature conservation, including ponds, wetlands, hedgerows and lowland mixed deciduous woodland and meadows at Ripple East, Bow Lane, Ripple, Worcestershire, GL20 6EY.

Ripple East is approximately centred on National Grid Reference SO 8710 3740 and located to the west/south-west of the villages of Ripple and Uckinghall in the Parish of Ripple. The nearest large town is Tewksbury in Gloucestershire which lies 5km to the south.

Currently, the site is predominantly in agricultural use. The western boundary is delineated by a narrow belt of woodland and beyond this, restored areas of the former Ripple Quarry.

The proposal involves the extraction of up to 475,000 tonnes of sand and gravel at a rate of approximately 300,000tpa, over a period of around one and a half years. Restoration using on-site materials will be completed progressively to agricultural land, with biodiversity enhancements and community benefits over a further year or so depending upon seasons. The project is anticipated to last for up to three years.

The planning documents, supported by an environmental impact assessment, were submitted to Worcestershire County Council, in March and the documents can be viewed here.

James Carling, Development Manager at CEMEX, said: “The extraction of sand and gravel is vital to our economy, and for supporting the construction of major infrastructure projects plus housing developments. Additionally, the supply of materials provides jobs in the wider community in construction and building and there are also opportunities for the continuity of job opportunities connected to the Ripple East proposals. 

The site is currently in arable use and is of low ecological value.  Restoration will include the reinstatement of high-quality agricultural land as well as a mosaic of new and enhanced habitats identified in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan, together with increased flood attenuation capacity provided by the new lakes. There is potential to incorporate a community orchard and a new section of footpath to link within the existing rights of way network.

We recognise the impact that developments of this nature may cause, and we will always seek to minimise this as much as possible. The planning application submitted by CEMEX is supported by an Environmental Impact Assessment. This has influenced the design of the extraction on site and the way the site will be operated and managed with measures built into the development and management of the scheme to minimise effects to acceptable levels both for the community and the environment.”

To contact CEMEX about the planning application please use the email address planninggb@cemex.com

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About CEMEX:

CEMEX is a global construction materials company that is building a better future through sustainable products and solutions. CEMEX is committed to achieving carbon neutrality through relentless innovation and industry-leading research and development. CEMEX is at the forefront of the circular economy in the construction value chain, and is pioneering ways to increase the use of waste and residues as alternative raw materials and fuels in its operations with the use of new technologies.

CEMEX offers cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and urbanization solutions in growing markets around the world, powered by a multinational workforce focused on providing a superior customer experience, enabled by digital technologies. For more information please visit: www.cemex.com

 

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