Villagers are angry a 90-hectare quarry has been earmarked for countryside on their doorstep.
Broadfield Farm in Rayne is one of ten sites included in Essex County Council’s 249-page draft Minerals Local Plan document.
Prospective developers Lafarge Aggregates said the quarry could produce 4.28million tonnes of sand and gravel over 14 years.
Residents, pupils at Rayne Primary School, councillors and MP Brooks Newmark have voiced their fears about harm to the countryside, noise, traffic and dust.
County councillors are due to meet tomorrow to approve the Minerals Local Plan.