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Chalkpit lorries latest

February 2018

We are receiving queries about when Surrey County Council will decide on the review of planning controls on Chalkpit Quarry. In November last year, SCC told OLRG that the review "looks likely to be determined in the spring of 2018."

There has been speculation that the decision will be taken at a committee meeting on 21 March but this is by no means definite because SCC is still awaiting information regarding traffic figures from the quarry operator, Southern Gravel.

A County Council Planning Officer who is dealing with the quarry said: "At present I have the application on the list for March committee however I am still awaiting a response from the applicant. My view is that we require the applicant's response on my letter to them given the sensitivity of the application and it would be unreasonable to report the application to the committee without their response. Therefore this date could potentially change."

It is now five years and eight months since SCC began considering the review of planning controls.

For many months, there has been an excessive number of HGVs using Chalkpit Quarry causing misery for residents on the lorry route and damage to roads and verges.

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 last year, 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.

November 2017

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

A County Council Planning Officer 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.