NEWS OF LOXWOOD CLAY PITS

WHAT IS GOING ON?

DURING 2020, LOXWOOD CLAY PITS LTD PROPOSED A SITE IN THE WOODS BETWEEN RUDGWICK, LOXWOOD AND ALFOLD FOR A CLAY PIT (DIGGING CLAY AND DELIVERING IT TO BRICKWORKS ELSEWHERE), AND A CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS RECYCLING FACILITY (A ‘CMRF’, PROCESSING BUILDER’S WASTE WHICH WILL THEN BE SOLD OFFSITE).

AUGUST 2021 – THE APPLICATION IS NOW AWAITING CONSIDERATION AT COMMITTEE.

The proposal is fully described BELOW THE PHOTOGRAPHS

Our reasons for objection are also BELOW THE PHOTOGRAPHS

See also:

https://www.stoptheclaypit.org/

THE SITE COULD BE OPERATIONAL FOR OVER 30 YEARS AFTER WHICH IT WILL BE RETURNED TO WOODLAND FOLLOWING A ROLLING PROGRAMME OF DIGGING AND BACKFILLING WITH INERT MATERIALS.

THERE COULD BE AN ESTIMATED 42 LORRY MOVEMENTS PER WORKING DAY FOR 30 YEARS. IT IS PROPOSED TO USE AN EXISTING FORESTRY TRACK THROUGH ANCIENT WOODLAND TO THE LAYBY AT PEPHURST ON THE ‘C’ ROAD BETWEEN LOXWOOD AND BUCKS GREEN, ALL TRAFFIC GOING TO/FROM THE A281 IN RUDGWICK.

THE SITE IS DEEP IN THE WOODS. FIND IT AT GRID REFERENCE 050328, NEXT TO A FOOTPATH ON THE NE WOODLAND MARGIN. TO THE WEST IS OLD SONGHURST FARM; TO THE EAST IS BARNSFOLD IN TISMANS COMMON.

THESE WOODS ARE A TREMENDOUS HABITAT FOR SPRING FLOWERS, BIRDS AND INSECTS. BUTTERFLIES INCLUDE THE ENDANGERED WOOD WHITE. THE SITE ITSELF IS A MOSAIC OF HABITATS INCLUDING NEW PLANTINGS OF HARDWOODS, MAINLY OAK. THE TRACKS FORM OPEN RIDES GREAT FOR WILDLIFE.

THE VARYING HEIGHT AND OPENNESS OF THE WOODLAND AND ITS QUIET REMOTE LOCATION ARE PART OF ITS ATTRACTION TO WILDLIFE AND TO VISITING WALKERS, DOGS, (WITH BIKES AND HORSES ON THE BRIDLEWAYS TOO). MANY PEOPLE ACCESS THE WOODS AT THE PEPHURST LAYBY WHICH WILL ITSELF BE CHANGED TO A JUNCTION AND SPLAY FOR THE LORRIES.

The site of the pit and materials recycling facility would be inside the red line.

The NE corner of the proposed site
Flowers within the site, photographed spring 2020

The past, present and future of Rudgwick

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