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Public Enquiry Opens

Tuesday 1 May 2018

A public enquiry in to the proposed quarry north of Hertford has opened at County Hall.

The Enquiry will sit for seven days and examine the County Council's refusal of planning permission for the quarry.

Applicants RJD Ltd and Gowling Trust Ltd first applied for planning permission to extract gravel to the immediate north of Bengeo back in 2016. The proposed site is just a few hundred metres from homes and a primary school.

Stop Bengeo Quarry mounted a sustained campaign and in March 2017 the County Council refused planning permission following a unanimous vote by the Development Control Committee.

Later in the year the applicant submitted a second planning application, together with an appeal to The Planning Inspectorate.

Last week the County Council again voted unanimously to reject the second planning application.

The current enquiry, headed up by John Woolcock, will hear submissions from RJD and Gowling Trust, along with representations from the County Council , Stop Bengeo Quarry campaign, expert witnesses and local residents.

A recommendation is expected later in the year, following which a final decision will be made by the Secretary of State for Communities, James Brokenshire.

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