The County Council are proposing to include a massive 300 acre quarry at Coddington in their latest local minerals plan – the largest new sand and gravel quarry in the whole of Nottinghamshire for several decades.
The quarry, shown in red, is expected to produce half a million tonnes of sand and gravel every year for the next twenty years.
What does this mean for people who live in Coddington?
- 180 extra heavy lorries per day driving onto and along the A17 to distant customers in South Yorkshire and Nottingham
- Disruption from the quarry at least twenty years
- Noise, dust and lower house prices for everyone nearby
- Health worries for our children and older people
- Loss of quality farm land and damage to wildlife, trees and woodland
- Effects on the amenities of the Air Museum, Stapleford Woods and Showground
- A lower quality environment making it harder to sell your house if you need to move
- Amenities such as Stapleford Wood and Coddington and Tigers FC playing field to be right next to the quarry
- Fears that more areas around the village will fall victim to quarrying
The County Council’s own report admits that this quarry will have negative impacts on noise, dust, traffic, risk of flooding, biodiversity, landscape, and agricultural land. The need is all driven by businesses remote from Newark but not for it is the people who live and work in the area who will pay the price.
All of the areas highlighted in pale yellow have been identified as land that should be classed as ‘Mineral Safeguarding Areas’ for potential future sand and gravel extraction – development in and close by these areas will be restricted to avoid future quarrying being blocked.
You can see how a patchwork of sand and gravel quarries has developed west of Winthorpe on this map, leaving large areas of ponds and lakes. We could expect a similar pattern of quarrying and ‘reclamation’ (landfill) to develop at Coddington, ruining the landscape.
We are also on the Lincolnshire border, which is developing its own Minerals Plan, safeguarding land for sand and gravel extraction all along the Notts/Lincs border from Long Bennington to beyond Gainsborough (for their own pits from Norton Bottoms to Whisby). The borderlands landscape and the region’s infrastructure is under attack from both directions.