Paul Sharpe has joined the Steering Group. Paul has experience of similar campaigns and was previously heavily involved in the movement to prevent a wind farm proposal from being accepted for a site at Lenchwick.
As I'm sure you will recall, the Steering Group agreed to make representations at the Examination In Public (EIP) of the published Plan, scheduled originally for 5th ~ 7th May 2020, and we sent off our statements in both paper and digital forms on 17th March, in line with the published instructions. However, earlier this week we received an email from the Programme Officer (who is responsible for administering the EIP) stating that in light of the most recent Government Guidance to control the Coronavirus outbreak, Local Plan hearings for the Worcestershire Minerals Local Plan have been postponed. She went on to say that at this stage it is not possible to be certain when the hearings might be rescheduled but this is unlikely to be before late Summer or Autumn. Once new dates have been arranged participants will be notified.
If you want to read the text of our representations you can download a summary .pdf file below. Throughout the document "MIQ" refers to the "Matters in Question" raised by the Government appointed Inspectors in response to the Publication Version of the Minerals Local Plan.
In the meantime, Stuart Adams and Moira D'Adda have pressed on with the creation of a website to publicise the threat and our opposition to it to the widest possible audience. It is hoped that this will go 'live' within the next few weeks, and we will publish details of how to access it as soon as it is available.
We have now established a Steering Group comprising Nigel Barker, Roger Davies, Moira D’Adda, Peter Pawsey, Stewart Rampling, Richard Sims and Ian Southcott, who will coordinate our opposition to these proposals over the coming months.
Apart from the threat of the quarrying of these materials and all the disruption and disturbance that will result, every day up to 50 heavy lorries will be used to transport the sand and gravel from the site to the A44 through our villages. Any plant or equipment required by the minerals extraction processes will also need to be transported by road through our villages.
We will be setting up a website to communicate with residents as well as using all the methods available to us to keep you informed as this threat unfolds. We have already met and briefed our MP, Nigel Huddleston on these proposals and how we plan to fight them. We will also be appearing at an Examination in Public in May before a Planning Inspector who will be assessing the legality and soundness of the Minerals Plan.
Watch this space and get involved in stopping this existential threat to our villages.
Following the recent public meetings in Cropthorne and Charlton Vilage Hall, the Steering Group met on Monday 10th February to discuss a programme of action. A meeting was also held with Nigel Huddleston MP to ensure he is fully briefed and aware of the threat to our villages.
Watch this (and other) spaces!
Following the Public Meetings held in Cropthorne and Charlton Village Hall on 22nd January, an action group has been formed and everyone who gave their permission on the forms circulated at the meetings will be kept informed of progress. Meanwhile a copy of the presentation shown at the meetings can be downloaded and viewed below.
As previously reported, Worcestershire County Council has prepared a new Minerals Local Plan. The Fourth Stage Consultation on proposed new site selection methodology has been completed and a report issued. All local Parish Councils together with Wychavon District Council contributed to the consultation exercise.
A Response Document setting out the comments received and initial officer responses to them has been published and is available on the Worcestershire County Council website at:
If you click on the link to "Download the Response Document" you will be able to see the comments made by Charlton Parish Council in consultation with our District Councillor, Tony Rowley, on 8 elements of the consultation document, and these can be viewed on pages 49, 107, 145, 149, 162, 194, 204 & 207.
Worcestershire County Council subsequently stated that comments received had been considered and amendments would be made to the relevant documents as necessary.
Following consideration of all responses received by Worcestershire County Council, the Minerals Local Plan has been submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination.