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Chalkpit lorries - Southern Gravel lodges appeal

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.'