Important PAGE Announcement: Threat of Gravel Extraction in the PAGE area recedes

PAGE (Parishes Against Gravel Extraction) has been campaigning since 2003 & we are delighted to announce that the imminent threat of Gravel being extracted in the 8 Parishes in South Oxfordshire of Benson, Berinsfield, Berrick Salome, Dorchester, Drayton St Leonard, Newington, Stadhampton/Chiselhampton & Warborough has subsided.

In summary, (in relation to sharp sand & gravel in southern Oxfordshire) the recommendation to Cabinet was that the site that should go forward for consultation as the preferred option for allocation in the Oxfordshire Minerals & Waste Local Plan Part 2: Sites Plan is the site at Nuneham Courtenay. This site alone would provide the unmet gravel & sharp sand need in the area until 2031.

The southern PAGE sites of Benson & Dorchester, Shillingford & Warborough were rejected in the preliminary round of site selection ahead of the detailed assessment which resulted in the recommendation of Nuneham Courtenay. This is very good news for Benson, Dorchester, Shillingford & Warborough as they are, for the foreseeable no longer under threat.

However, please note that threat to Parishes in close proximity to the Drayton St Leonard & Berinsfield site has been clearly established in the longer term & there can be no room for complacency.

Therefore, in view of the continued perceived threat, PAGE will continue to work closely with the Parish Council representatives concerned (Drayton St Leonard, Newington, Stadhampton/Chiselhampton & Berinsfield)

For a more detailed summary & a link to relevant OCC documents, please visit the PAGE website www.pagecampaign.org.uk

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Posted on November 8, 2019 in Events in and around Dorchester

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