Mark Prisk MP has welcomed the news that Hertfordshire County Council has unanimously and unambiguously rejected the revised Planning Application for Bengeo Quarry.
The proposal was rejected on 5 key grounds:
1. Inappropriateness of the development in the Green Belt. Case Officer Felicity Hart said in her report that “any benefits of mineral extraction… do not clearly outweigh harm to the Green Belt and any other harm, including harm to landscape, rights of way, noise and health.”
2. Harm to the landscape, in particular damage caused by the construction of an access road
3. Negative impact on users of the much loved and used public right of way. The report said that “the development would impact on the use of the local rights of way network and could therefore have an adverse effect on health and wellbeing”.
4. The proposed development includes land outside the preferred area – in particular for the access road
5. The proposal has not demonstrated that noise would not have a detrimental impact on nearby residences
Mark has campaigned tirelessly alongside the local movement against the quarry. He congratulated everyone who had been involved in the campaign and the decision, calling it 'a real team effort we can all be proud of'.