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4 day Chalkpit lorries public inquiry - January 2020

21 July 2019

Chalkpit lorries public inquiry to last 4 days - starts 21 January 2020. A venue has still to be agreed.

The Planning Inspectorate has now fixed the date for a 4 day public inquiry into the Chalkpit Quarry operator's appeal against conditions on the lorries agreed by Surrey County Council in October last year.

The operator Southern Gravel is appealing against the limit of 112 HGV movements a day - it wants a daily limit of 200 HGV movements. The company is also appealing against two other conditions: one prohibits HGVs leaving the quarry during school drop off and pick up times, the other involves monitoring the condition of Chalkpit Lane and verges and paying for any repairs needed because of the HGVs.

These conditions have never come into effect because Southern Gravel had six months to appeal the County Council's decision. The appeal means that there is still no daily limit on lorry numbers using the quarry.

OLRG has submitted expert legal and planning representations to the Planning Inspector and its Councillors intend to take part in the 4 day inquiry.

12 July 2019

Just a reminder that next Wednesday 17 July is the deadline for comments to be sent to the Chalkpit appeal Planning Inspector.

The quarry operator Southern Gravel is appealing against the limit of 112 HGV movements a day - it wants a daily limit of 200 HGV movements. The company is also appealing against two other conditions in the planning permission approved by Surrey County Council on 17 October last year: one is the condition prohibiting HGVs leaving the quarry during school drop off and pick up times, the other involves monitoring the condition of Chalkpit Lane and verges and paying for any repairs needed because of the HGVs.

These conditions have never come into effect because Southern Gravel had six months to appeal the decision. The appeal means that there is still no daily limit on lorry numbers using the quarry.

The appeal will be held as a public inquiry - we do not yet have a date but believe it may be in late November or December.

OLRG is taking expert legal and planning advice for its representations.

We are pleased to say that Tandridge District Council is also submitting detailed representations.

If you would like to make representations, email your comments quoting the reference number: APP/ROMP/19/01 to environment.appeals@pins.gsi.gov.uk

Or write to the case officer Stephen Allen at: Environment & Transport Team, The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3A, Eagle Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN, quoting the reference number. Wherever possible you must submit three copies of your letter (unless sent electronically).

You may also want to sign this petition created by East Surrey MP Sam Gyimah: click here

16 June 2019

Chalkpit lorries public inquiry - 17 July deadline for comments

Chalkpit Quarry operator Southern Gravel's appeal against the limit of 112 HGV movements a day is to be decided by a public inquiry.

Southern Gravel wants a daily limit of 200 HGV movements (100 in and 100 out). The company is also appealing against two other conditions in the planning permission approved by Surrey County Council on 17 October last year and wants them deleted: one is the condition prohibiting HGVs leaving the quarry during school drop off and pick up times, the other involves monitoring the condition of Chalkpit Lane and verges and paying for any repairs needed because of the HGVs.

These conditions have never come into effect because Southern Gravel had six months to appeal the decision. The appeal means that there is still no daily limit on lorry numbers using the quarry.

If you would like to make representations about the appeal your comments should be made in writing to the case officer Stephen Allen at the following address: Environment & Transport Team, The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3A, Eagle Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN, quoting the following appeal reference number: APP/ROMP/19/01. Email:environment.appeals@pins.gsi.gov.uk Wherever possible you must submit three copies of your letter (unless sent electronically).

Comments must be sent to the Planning Inspectorate by 17 July 2019. No date has yet been set for the public inquiry.
If you would like any more information, please do get in touch.


17 May 2019

The Chalkpit quarry operator, Southern Gravel Limited, has lodged an appeal against Surrey County Council's daily limit of 112 HGVs. As soon as we have more details we will be taking legal advice.

Southern Gravel is also appealing against two other conditions in the planning permission approved by SCC on 17 October last year: one is the condition prohibiting HGVs during school drop off and pick up times, the other involves monitoring the condition of Chalkpit Lane and verges and paying for any repairs needed because of the HGVs.

These conditions approved by SCC last October have not come into effect because Southern Gravel had six months to appeal the decision.

It has done so which means that the conditions will not come into effect until all proceedings on the application, including appeals to the Secretary of State and the High Court have been determined, and the time period for any further appeal has expired. This could take a long time.

The appeal means that there is still no daily limit on lorry numbers using the quarry.

Surrey County Council has told OLRG:

'.... we have received today by letter and email confirmation that Southern Gravel Ltd have chosen to appeal against conditions 24, 25 and 26 of planning permission ref: TA12/902 which relate to highways matters. Southern Gravel Ltd have submitted the appeal to the Planning Inspectorate and we will now have to wait for the Planning Inspectorate to validate the appeal and they write to us with a start date. We have no actions until we get the start date from the Planning Inspectorate.'