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Residents and councillors hopeful as Wennington gravel extraction plans delayed again

PUBLISHED: 11:01 29 January 2016 | UPDATED: 09:27 01 February 2016

Residents and councillors objected to the plans to create a gravel extraction site in Wennington at the regulatory services committee meeting last night

Residents and councillors objected to the plans to create a gravel extraction site in Wennington at the regulatory services committee meeting last night

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A long contested application to create a gravel extraction site in Wennington was further delayed last night.

Havering Council’s regulatory services committee was expected to make a decision on whether to approve the plan to extract 1.35 million tonnes of sand and gravel from land next to Wennington Hall Farm, over seven years.

The site is part of the green belt close to RSPB Rainham Marshes.

But although planning officers had recommended the scheme, submitted by Ingrebourne Valley Ltd, for approval the committee decided to differ the decision in order to allow for more details to be provided by the applicant.

South Hornchurch Cllr, Graham Williamson, told the Recorder members of the committee were keen to have more evidence on the impact the scheme would have on residents and whether Havering Council would be subject to sanctions if it did not meet its gravel extraction quotas.

“This is half good news for residents,” he said.

“This is going to make the residents lives more of a misery than it already is because of all the gravel extraction already taking place in the south of the borough,” he added.

Raihnam and Wennington, Cllr David Durant, who pushed for refusal, called it “a result” and believes it was going towards refusal.

He added the plan, which includes a processing plant, a workshop and office, is “inappropriate” for the green belt.

Claire Brown, who lives opposite the site and is chairwoman of the Wennington Village Association, said this was a more positive outcome than she expected and continued to hope for a refusal.

But she was disappointed many residents opposing the scheme could not attend the meeting because of road congestion on the A13.

No date has yet been set for the plans to be examined again by the committee.

Ingrebourne Valley Ltd did not respond to the Recorder’s request for a comment.

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