Dorset County Council has released their final draft of the 2017 Mineral Sites Plan which outlines the newly proposed areas in which mineral mining, quarrying and excavation will take place.
The plans are now in their final stages before being submitted to the Secretary of State for approval. The council have been appealing to local residents to submit their comments and concerns regarding the plans before the 31st of January, 2018, which is the final opportunity to do so.
Both existing sites (which will be extended) and new locations are listed by the new Mineral Sites Plan. Over 25 areas across Dorset have been signposted as potential areas of interest all of which have been met with considerable controversy.
Majority of the proposed quarry sites have been flagged by residence as unsuitable, unjustified or inconsistent with existing regulation and government policy.
Worries of air, water and noise pollution have been raised, as well as bother over access routes to farmland and tourist attractions, negative impact on wildlife and loss of agricultural land and livelihood of nearby farmers amounting to over 1300 points of concern.
Below are the top 5 areas of concern by local residents, with details of the issues raised.
source: based on latest data from Dorset county council’s public consultation
However, despite the levels of concern by residents, the council has maintained that they have taken every effort to address the issues in accordance to existing policy, which they have responded to within the publication. As of now, plans are set to continue as is with no pending changes following the public consultation.
The final public examination of the prospective plans is expected to take place in late spring, 2018.
Written by Pauline Mwakulegwa.