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Braintree district: Councillors make a stand against quarry plan
1:00pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
Battle lines have been drawn as Braintree councillors made a stand against plans to put more than half of Essex’s new quarries in the district.
In Essex County Council’s Replacement Minerals Local Plan, 22.8 million of the 40.82million minerals needed for the entire county will be taken from seven sites within Braintree by 2029.
Four of the sites would be extensions to the existing Bradwell Quarry and the three new sites would be a 90 hectare site at Broadfield Farm, Rayne, a 95 hectare site between Rivenhall Airfield and Coggeshall and a 46 hectare site at Rivenhall End.
Elsewhere in the county three sites could be used in Chelmsford, two each in Uttlesford and Colchester and one in Tendring.
A cross party group of leading district councillors have joined together to call for changes to the plan before it goes to a planning inspector.
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