The areas around Hertford feature substantial deposites of sand and gravel that are ideal for use in the construction industry.
The Council Council is obliged by law to formulate a Local Plan for the extraction of local minerals, such as sand and gravel. The Minerals Local Plan sets out the development planning framework for future minerals extraction and associated development whilst providing for environmental protection. The current Minerals Local Plan 2002-2016 was adopted on 27 March 2007 and is currently under review (April 2016). Any new plan would cover the period 2016-2031.
Over the decades a number of local sites have been used for gravel extraction, including Panshanger, Rickneys, and Waterford Heath.
Waterford Heath has been returned to nature as has much of Pnashanger, although parts of the area are still being worked.
The Rickneys site is currently "mothballed".
Stop Bengeo Quarry Campaign
In Spring 2016 a planning application was submitted to extract gravel from an area north of Bengeo. This is an extention of the defunct Rickney's quarry.
Local residents have formed a campaign to oppose the quarry.
Local Aggregate Assessment 2014
This article was last updated on 11th April 2016.