Land Adjoining Coopers Green Lane (North West of Hatfield)
CEMEX UK and Gascoyne Cecil Estates have developed a strong working relationship since CEMEX UK first started working land at Symondshyde in 2006. Over the next few years, these activities will draw to a close and the landscape restored. The current proposal will be to move the sand and gravel extraction activities in the area to land north west of Hatfield.
Construction materials such as sand and gravel are vital to both the economy of this country and in our everyday lives in the buildings around us, such as our homes, roads and hospitals. Hertfordshire County Council, as local Minerals Planning Authority, has a role in contributing towards meeting local and regional demands for these essential materials.
The Council’s draft plan proposes "land adjoining Coopers Green Lane" as a potential site for supplying sand and gravel to meet future needs.
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has also spent the past few years compiling a Local Plan to determine how the borough will respond to change, accommodate a burgeoning population and facilitate a growing economy. Land north west of Hatfield (Stanborough) has been earmarked as a potential mixed use development site since 2012, and sits in the Council’s Local Plan which is currently subject to Examination in Public.
If local development is to take place, national planning policy requires, wherever possible, for minerals to be extracted beforehand. CEMEX UK and GCE have developed a strong working relationship over the past decade since CEMEX started working land at Symondshyde in 2006. Hatfield Quarry is a well-established CEMEX quarry extracting sand and gravel. The use of a conveyor belt for example, taking minerals from Symondshyde towards the quarry has reduced the number of lorry movements, and the conveyor will continue to minimise traffic on the local road network.
CEMEX UK and GCE continue to work closely to ensure that any development which does take place, whether extracting minerals or construction, follows a well considered and integrated timetable.
As part of their consultation and engagement with the local community, a public display is being held to present the joint proposals for future mineral extraction.
Monday 22nd January 2018 at Green Lanes Primary School, 54 Green Lanes, Hatfield, AL10 9JY from 4pm to 8pm.
Representatives from CEMEX and GCE will be present at the exhibitions to explain and discuss the proposals in more detail and to answer any questions.
Following the exhibitions, the display material and additional information will be available on this site for further consideration and to allow those unable to visit the exhibitions to view the material and to post any comments.
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In advance of the exhibitions, the proposals are in summary as follows:-
The proposed mineral extraction and restoration relates to four parcels of land east of the existing Hatfield Quarry, known as “Furze Field,” “Astwick” “Stanboroughbury Triangle” and “Stanboroughbury Farm”. Furze Field already has planning permission but would be included in this scheme because it would form part of the overall water management plan. Furze Field and Astwick are owned by CEMEX UK and the latter two parcels by Gascoyne Cecil Estates.
The proposed scheme would be a phased extraction of approximately 3.8 million tonnes of sand and gravel at a rate of 0.45 million tonnes per annum.
The duration of the scheme, including site preparation, extraction and final restoration would be approximately ten years.
The Restoration Masterplan reinstates the land in keeping with the local character, incorporating seasonal ponds (to assist surface water drainage), wetland areas, acid grasslands, heath scrubs and woodland planting.
Sand and gravel extraction would start in the eastern-most part of the site (Stanboroughbury Farm) and continue anticlockwise across Stanboroughbury Triangle and Astwick. Soils and overburden would be stripped from within each extraction phase and the materials placed in bunds for noise, dust and visual screening. Sand and gravel would be extracted using an excavator and then moved by a wheeled loading shovel onto the conveyor to the existing plant site.
Environmental Impact Assessment
Proposals such as this naturally require an extremely detailed and comprehensive assessment of the potential impacts and this will include studies covering such issues as traffic and highways; archaeology; ecology and nature conservation; flood risk; hydrology and hydrogeology; landscape and visual effects; noise; and air quality.
Residents have a right to expect that when the recovery of minerals takes place, extraction should not give rise to significant adverse impacts on the local community and the environment, and it should make enhancements to biodiversity on the land when the recovery is complete. The applicants are committed to this approach. Both CEMEX and Gascoyne Cecil Estates have a good track record of restoration, conservation and environmental management.