Flash Farm in Averham has been proposed as a potential site for mineral extraction.
The new Minerals Local Plan will come before the Environment and Sustainability Committee on 4th January, before going to the full council on 15th. Barton in Fabis has been removed from the list of possible sites, but Flash Farm currently remains.
We now have an opportunity to encourage as many people as possible to write/e-mail members of the Environment and Sustainability Committee with their views, so that the Committee will go in to the meeting with up to date knowledge of local opinion. As a residents’ action group we will be stressing the impact of increased HGV traffic on the already overstretched A617.
We will also be contesting the level of need for aggregates that the Council has stated. Sand and gravel production peaked in Nottinghamshire in 1989 and has shown marked reduction in sales year on year for many years and is now steady at around 50% of the 1989 figure. We believe that there has been an overestimation of projected future growth in the county, and therefore need for aggregates within the lifetime of the New Minerals Local Plan. The current focus on recycling and re-using minerals on brown-field sites has lead to a lowering of demand for new aggregates for building projects, and this has not been fully recognised in the plan.
If you want to stop FlashFarm becoming a gravel works please contact the members of the Environment and Sustainability Committee directly and before 4th January to give them your reasons as to why they should remove Flash Farm from the new Minerals Local Plan. They are contactable via the following email addresses (below) or by letter at County Hall., Loughborough Road, West Bridgford, NG2 7QP.
Thank you for your support
Chair Residents Action Group