PLANS for a stone-crushing operation at the old brickworks in Midhurst’s Station Road have been strongly opposed.
The plans have been submitted by Bepton Investments Ltd, part of the Cowdray Estate.
Temporary permission is sought for the separation and crushing of stone and concrete from soil to create material to be used to backfill electricity cable trenches for five years.
But it has met with a barrage of opposition from Midhurst residents and now town councillors have added their weight.
A petition signed by some 60 people from the Carron Lane area has gone to the South Downs National Park Authority.
In addition, neighbouring residents have sent their own individual objections, including Catherine Holmes whose views reflect those of many.
She said the plans would ruin what was a beautiful part of Midhurst Common.
“The common land is a stunning area of beauty and a popular place for local people and visitors to walk.”
“The noise alone will be deafening, not to mention the dust it will cause.”
Midhurst town councillors objected to a similar previous plan because they felt it was too close to residential homes, would cause too much dust and noise to be acceptable and access to the site was poor.
It would need improvements if heavy vehicles were to use it, they said.
Vice-chairman John Quilter told fellow members of the planning committee there was nothing to indicate any of these concerns had been addressed.
The Rev David Coote said he had little confidence in the noise survey carried out when the crushing machinery was not on the site, which concluded there would be no significant increase in levels.
Town councillors objected on the grounds the heavy engineering project was inappropriate close to homes.
They were unconvinced by dust, noise and vehicle movement reports and concerned a valuable site would be tied up when it could be used as a ‘commercial enterprise of greater benefit to the town’.