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 IN!

The proposal is fully described BELOW THE PHOTOGRAPHS.

The suggested reason for your objection are also BELOW THE PHOTOGRAPHS

How to object (deadline 30 August 2021):

Go to https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/planning/comment-on-a-planning-application.

  1. Click on “Submit your comments online” [at this point, you can also click on the option of email or post].
  2. Repeat this on the next page.
  3. This takes you to the page where you enter the number of the application: WSCC/030/21. Then click “search”.
  4. Check you have the correct application details. Click on “Comment on this application” at the top of the page.
  5. Fill in the required details about yourself. Scroll down to find the comments box. Away you go. I like to write my comments on a Word page first, then cut and paste them across, so I can check it first.

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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