Concern for wildlife at proposed Hatfield quarry site

PUBLISHED: 10:49 13 November 2015 | UPDATED: 11:01 13 November 2015

One of the barn owls, a protected species, at Hatfield Aerodrome. Credit to Andy Sands

One of the barn owls, a protected species, at Hatfield Aerodrome. Credit to Andy Sands

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Hatfield residents have expressed concerns over the impact that the proposed quarry at Hatfield Aerodrome might have on the site’s wildlife.

Building materials group, Brett Aggregates, will soon submit a planning application to develop a 125 acre quarry at Ellenbrooke Fields, which currently inhabits a variety of animals.

Tony Bristow, 76, a retired mechanical engineer, of Bramble Road, Hatfield, said: “I walk over there once a fortnight and the bird life, flowers and butterflies are absolutely amazing.

“Effectively they are taking away three-quarters of the field away.”

However, Richard Ford, Brett senior planning manager, said: “All of the impacts, not only on wildlife but everything else, is all addressed in the planning application that will be submitted next month.”

For the full story check out next week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times, out Wednesday, November 18.


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