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Chalkpit lorries latest

Surrey County Council (SCC) has told OLRG that the review of planning controls on Chalkpit Quarry now "looks likely to be determined in the spring of 2018."

A SCC Planning Officer who is dealing with the quarry said: "I appreciate that this is a further delay however it is important that we have all the facts before we can issue new working conditions for this site and the County Council is still in dialogue with the applicant with regards to traffic figures."

We wrote to SCC because in recent weeks there has been an excessive number of lorries. As well as many HGVs dumping infill, there are also HGVs taking material away from the quarry.

It is now five and a half years since SCC began considering the review of planning controls. It's hoped that the review will at last bring in a safe and reasonable daily limit on the number of lorries. However, in June this year, the quarry operator Southern Gravel published a Transport Statement which said that SCC was proposing a daily limit of 150 movements a day (75 in and 75 out).

This high number sparked worries that SCC is caving in to pressure from Southern Gravel. Dozens of residents wrote in to SCC making clear their fears that someone will be badly injured or killed if a daily limit of 150 HGV movements is allowed.

OLRG took legal advice and sent in a submission explaining, among other things, why the traffic figures provided in the Transport Statement are inadequate.

To read our submission click here

At the moment, the quarry is operating under a 1997 planning permission which has no daily limit on lorries.