Quarrying plans for land near Welwyn Garden City set to be unveiled

PUBLISHED: 09:49 12 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:49 12 January 2018

Land off Coopers Green Lane. Picture: Kevin Lines.

Land off Coopers Green Lane. Picture: Kevin Lines.

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Proposals for quarrying to take place at land near Stanborough in Welwyn Garden City are set to be unveiled.

CEMEX UK and Gascoyne Cecil Estates will hold a public consultation on Monday, January 22, to discuss a proposal to extract sand and gravel at the site.

Hertfordshire County Council, which is the local minerals planning authority, has earmarked the area adjoining Coopers Green Lane as a potential site for supplying minerals to meet further needs.

It has also been included in the borough council’s Local Plan – currently being assessed by a planning inspector – to provide a mixed-use development.

A spokesman for the project said: “If local development is to take place, however, national planning policy requires minerals to be extracted beforehand.

“CEMEX UK and Gascoyne Cecil Estates have developed a strong working relationship over the past decade since CEMEX started working land at Symondshyde in 2006.

“The use of a conveyor belt for example, taking minerals from Symondshyde towards Hatfield Quarry, has reduced the number of lorry movements and the conveyor would continue to help to keep movements on the local road network to a minimum.”

The consultation will be at Green Lanes Primary School in Hatfield, between 4pm and 8pm.

For more information call 01707 287000.

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