** Latest news! ** (May 2011)
Sadly planning permission for this application was approved by Kent County Council on 10th May 2011.
The decision is outside the local Minerals plan for the area, as well as against central Government’s planning policy relating to ancient woodland. On top of this thousands of objections were submitted from environmental organisations and individuals from across the UK. Over 33 hectares (81.5 acres) of ancient woodland will be lost forever if plans to extend the existing quarry go ahead.
The application has now been referred to the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, for his final determination. We will be asking you to join us in demanding the application is ‘called in’ for further scrutiny.
*** Watch this space! ***
Plans from Gallagher Ltd are mis-informed when they maintain Oaken Wood has little value, as our evidence shows the woodland affected by this quarry extension is more than valuable – it’s an ancient semi-natural habitat! Now we need your help to convince the decision-makers and save this wood from destruction.
Quarries are terrible neighbours for ancient woodland – sadly this is just one of many cases we have seen which threatens to reduce this precious, irreplaceble habitat to nothing. Your voice matters; even if you are not a local resident you can still ensure that the decision-makers get the full story and object to the loss of this precious habitat .
What do you think of these plans? Do you know Oaken Wood? Share your comments below – and please pass this on to spread the word as far as possible.
*Using sizeofwales.com we originally calculated this as 81 and have now amended accordingly.