Environment

Any proposal for the deployment of a quarry must address the issue of Environmental Sustainability. We believe the quarry will have a negative effect upon the environment disproportionate to the assumed benefits.

Impact on the Built Environment

The site is within an area noted by English Heritage to have a high potential for non-designated archaeology; a Neolithic jadeite axe was found in a nearby field in 1955, and a Bronze-Age burial pot from the area is in Newark Museum.

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Impact on the Landscape

Almost the entire landscape area classified by NCC as ‘Notts East Sandlands’ is ‘minerals safeguarded’ and under threat of destruction from sand and gravel extraction.

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Impact on the Natural Environment

  • The site is populated by birds that are categorised as ‘Rare and declining, farmland and woodland birds’, including several on the red list.
  • The site contains a Biological Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) known as Moor Brats Drain - categorised by NCC as ‘A drain of interest for Water Beetles’.

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Impact on local air quality

  • The increase in traffic due to the proposed development, particularly HGVs, will have a negative impact on the air quality in and around Coddington.
  • The Habitat Regulations Assessment indicates that the export routes from the site are likely to pass within 200m of several protected sensitive Natura 2000 sites.

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Noise Nuisance and Visual Intrusion

It is a known fact that quarry noise is one of the major complaints in all nuisance cases against existing quarries. Investigations for health & safety reasons concluded that plant work (e.g. gravel) was the second noisiest industry for workers to be involved in.  Obtrusive noise comes from:

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The Nuisance of Noise from a Gravel Pit/Quarry Operation

“At almost every single part of the extractive and downstream processing stages of a quarry operation some level of noise may be generated. The extractive sequences of overburden removal and storage, drilling and blasting, loading and transportation (by dump trucks or conveyor belts) of the quarried minerals to the processing plant will all generate both mobile and static noise sources. The normally static processing plant consisting of the primary crushing and secondary processing of the mineral products will also present a source of noise.

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