Have your say on quarrying plan

Straightgate Farm, Ottery St Mary. Ref sho 7761-07-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Straightgate Farm, Ottery St Mary. Ref sho 7761-07-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton - Credit: Archant

The public will have chance to express their views on sites earmarked for extraction of minerals across Devon as part of a 12-week consultation.

The Devon Minerals Plan outlines intentions to safeguard the supply of natural resources in the county and sets out land considered suitable for quarrying works.

Under the latest draft set out by Devon County Council (DCC), Straitgate Farm near Ottery St Mary is one of just two proposed new areas for quarrying.

This site is the subject of a controversial application submitted by Aggregate Industries to extract sand and gravel, which has been met with opposition from Ottery residents and civic leaders.

Councillor Jerry Brook, chairman of DCC’s development management committee, says the plan has to balance the supply of the county’s natural mineral resources, while minimising the impact on Devon’s environment and residents. He said: “This consultation is another opportunity for people to have their say and help inform the development of the emerging Devon Minerals Plan. We feel we have struck the right balance, but look forward to hearing people’s views.”

The document will eventually replace the existing Minerals Local Plan of 2004 and covers the period up to 2033. Following this process, the plan will be submitted to the Secretary of State, together with all responses. DCC anticipates it will be adopted by the end of 2016.

The consultation runs until Monday, November 16. Visit https://new.devon.gov.uk/haveyoursay/. Residents can also call 01392 383510 or email minerals@devon.gov.uk