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Residents plan protest as decision to be made on Wennington gravel extraction plans

PUBLISHED: 11:20 25 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:27 25 January 2016

Wennington Green residents petitioning against plans to extract gravel on site opposite their homes. Pictured in 2013.

Wennington Green residents petitioning against plans to extract gravel on site opposite their homes. Pictured in 2013.

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An application to create a gravel extraction site in Wennington will be determined on Thursday, more than two years after it was submitted.

Havering Council’s Regulatory Services Committee will decide whether to approve or reject the 10-year plan submitted by Ingrebourne Valley ltd.

Planning officers have recommended the scheme for approval if a number of conditions are met.

Claire Brown, who lives opposite the site and is the chair of the Wennington Village Association, hopes it will be rejected.

The land adjacent to Wennington Hall Farm is part of the green belt land, and lies close to RSPB Rainham Marshes, a protected area.

Mrs Brown, who goes running and cycling in the area, described its “beautiful and picturesque views”, which would “taken away for money and greed”.

She also said the scheme would impact on the local community, wildlife and traffic.

About 2,000 leaflets were distributed over the weekend asking residents to join a protest in front of Havering Town Hall at 7pm on Thursday, ahead of the meeting.

“We can do what we can and try and fight for it,” Mrs Brown said.

Rainham and Wennington Cllr, David Durant, told the Recorder he was “surprised” the application had been recommended for approval and said the work would bring “serious disruption” through noise and dust close to a residential area.

Cllr Durant also said the plan, which includes a processing plant, a workshop and office, is “inappropriate” for the green belt.

When the application was lodged in 2013 Dagenham and Rainham MP, Jon Cruddas, said: “I am firmly against this plan as it is the overwhelming sense from residents that if it is given the go ahead that Wennington will change out of all recognition.”

When the planning application was first submitted a petition opposing extraction work at the site gathered nearly 200 signatures. Ingrebourne Valley Ltd has been contacted for comment.

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