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.
The site is known to be within the area in which there was a Civil War skirmish and the venue of a historic annual horse race 1619 -1877.
Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) admits that the historic continuity of the Sandlands is underestimated and underappreciated.
The site is only 400 metres from Coddington Conservation Area, which recognises that all the Parish Lands have a value and clear organic unity vested in their shared history. Extracting gravel here would damage the heritage associations, landscape setting and tranquillity of the Conservation Area.
The site would cause unacceptable noise and visual intrusion to many nearby properties.