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Increase in lorry movements granted for New Milton Sand and Ballast at Downton Manor quarry

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A MILFORD quarry operator has won permission to increase the lorries visiting its site each day in order to meet a growing demand for building materials.

The excavation site at Downton Manor Farm Quarry, to the south of the A337, has received permission to vary a planning condition to allow up to 150 lorry movements each day.

Site operators New Milton Sand and Ballast argued the previous cap of 100 was restricting activity on the site.

Downton Manor Farm Quarry
Downton Manor Farm Quarry

As reported in the A&T, the quarry was allowed on appeal in 2009 after several years of battling between local opponents and the company.

Initially the number of daily lorry movements was capped at 60 with every entry and exit to the site counted as a separate movement, but this limit was increased to 100 in 2018.

One objector argued the existing planning permission was adequate, continuing: "These large vehicle movements over our predominantly rural roads invariably cause damage to the road surfaces, so any increase in heavy vehicle movements is not acceptable."

However, in a decision notice, Hampshire County Council concluded: “The increase in vehicle movements would give greater flexibility to the operation of the site, but would not result in a material increase in traffic on the public highway or an associated adverse impact on the amenity of residents near the site.”

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