Plans for Haddiscoe gravel pit

Plans for a new gravel pit near Haddiscoe will be submitted early next year after the owner of a local quarrying firm said they have listened to local concerns.

Earsham Gravel held a public exhib-ition this week at Haddiscoe Village Hall to discuss concerns about the plans. Last time the proposals sparked strong opposition from villagers, who formed the Stopit group to campaign against the bid.

There were concerns that the site was too close to the village church, and Broadland river valleys, there would be an increase in traffic on local roads and through the village, and also of the impact the gravel pit would have on the environment.

Jim Bennett, managing director of Earsham Gravel, explained that they have taken a lot more factors into account this time and said: “We’ve had a chance to look at the comments made and a chance to rectify some of the potential problems with it.”

The exhibition focused on plans to the landscape, traffic, noise and archaeology of the proposed area.

Mr Bennett said: “We wanted to put to rest some peoples minds about our proposals. The feedback was positive.”

The planning application will concern the same site put forward by Earsham Gravels Ltd two years ago - a site either side of the B1136 Hales road on more than 40 hectares of land at the north west of the village.

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In September last year the proposals were deemed unsuitable by planning chiefs at Norfolk County Council.