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Downton Manor Farm Quarry operators New Milton Sand and Ballast want to increase lorries to meet demand for building materials

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THE operators of a Downton quarry have applied to increase the number of lorries which can visit the site each day in order to meet a growing demand for building materials.

The excavation site, known as Downton Manor Farm Quarry, to the south of the A337, has existing permission for 100 lorry movements each day.

However, the site operators New Milton Sand and Ballast say that increased calls for materials and a need to bring in non-recycled inert waste to use in site restoration, means that the current cap is restricting activity. An application seeking to increase HGV movements to 150 has now been submitted to New Forest District Council.

Downton Manor Farm Quarry
Downton Manor Farm Quarry

A planning statement accompanying the application explains: “Sand and gravel is now extracted at the quarry and is principally used to produce aggregate building products for the local market. The quarry is restored using a combination of indigenous on site materials and import inert waste from local construction projects.”

As previously reported, the quarry was only allowed on appeal in 2009 after several years of battling between local opponents and New Milton Sand and Ballast. Initially the number of lorry movements each day was capped at 60 with every entry and exit to the site counted as a separate movement.

In 2018, New Milton Sand and Ballast went back to NFDC with a request this limit be increased to 100 in order to supply large sand and gravel orders and accept large quantities of inert restoration materials.

The public have until 1st December to comment on the application.

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