Five Oaks Farm
In late July, our parish council was made aware of a Hampshire County Council planning application for mineral extraction followed by backfilling with inert waste at Five Oaks Farm, Winchester Road, Shedfield SO32 2HS. Details of this can be found via the HCC planning portal. planning ref 20/01483/HCS
Shedfield Parish Council has been working with local residents and two District Councillors to oppose plans for a big quarry and landfill in 19 acres of countryside between Shedfield amd Waltham Chase. TJ Transport and the owners of Five Oaks Farm have applied to extract over 200,000 tonnes of sand and to replace it with over 400,000 tonnes of inert waste. The work would last at least six years, with potential for extension. More than 2,000 locals signed a petition organised by residents against the plan, and hundreds of objections have been submitted. Media coverage included all local papers as well as the Hampshire Chronicle, South Today, and Radio Solent. Shedfield Parish Council, in its most significant action ever on a planning issue, employed a consultant to co-ordinate expert technical assessments of the application, and submitted a detailed 86-page objection. The objection challenges the application on multiple grounds, including wholly inadequate preliminary studies of dangerous dust and noise, unacceptable numbers of heavy lorries entering and leaving the Winchester Road on a dangerous 50mph S-bend, potential damage to the landscape and wildlife, and the disruption of the footpath network. The sand is in any case not needed, since Hampshire’s Minerals and Waste Plan lists other existing and planned quarries with plenty of capacity for years to come. Under Town & Country Planning Regulation 25, the applicants will now have time to amend their plans before they are considered in full by Hampshire County Council. A four page summary of the Parish Council’s objection is on the Parish Council’s website / available at https://planning.hants.gov.uk/ApplicationDetails.aspx?RecNo=21282.