THERE were angry outbursts when West Lavington villagers were told the planning application to increase dramatically the number of lorry movements to Pendean sand quarry, had been thrown out.
South Downs National Park minerals and waste officer Karen Tipper told the Pendean Sand Quarry Liaison group the plan by Inert Recycling UK to increase daily lorries from an average of 14 to 50 had been refused.
She said Inert had failed to show there was a need for the increase adding that it would give rise to an ‘unreasonable level of disturbance to the detriment of local residents.
Inert has always said it would be able to finish infilling in two to three years instead of the current permission for seven if it were allowed the increase.
West Lavington villagers take the view that it is worth putting up with significantly increased lorry movements to get the job done faster.
But Midhurst Town Council objected to the increase on the grounds of damage to the town’s roads and noise and dust pollution.
Reporting to fellow town councillors Nigel Cheshire said: “West Lavington villagers were extremely disappointed with this decision. Their number one priority is to get the job done as quickly as possible.”
Vice chairman of the town council John Quilter said: “Many more people in this area would be affected by a big increase in vehicle movements. The increase is quite dramatic, It would be three or four times the amount we have at the moment and this is a case where the needs of the wider area have to be put in front of the needs of the smaller minority of people and I think we should stick to our guns.”
He said if the operator could demonstrate a way of mitigating the effects of the lorry movements and stick to planning conditions, the matter could be reconsidered.
But Steve Morley said the company had shown in the past it had no respect for planning regulations: “I just don’t trust them.”
However Margaret Guest said she sympathised with West Lavington residents.
“The job has to be done but I am wondering how we can work with them to find a mutually satisfactory resolution to this.”
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