Brokenshire rejects sand quarry over risks to air and water

Plans to build a sand quarry in Hertfordshire were refused by the secretary of state for housing, communities and local government last week on environmental and civic amenity grounds.

In a report on Thursday, the planning inspector said she had recommended James Brokenshire upheld Hertfordshire County Council’s (HCC) earlier decision to refuse planning permission to allow minerals firm RJD Ltd to develop Bengeo Quarry in Hertford.

Campaigners have been fighting against the plans to quarry 1.25 million tonnes of sand and gravel from Bengeo Field for the past three years.

Concerns raised over the years have included risk to water supplies, health risks to the population from silica dust in the air and significant damage to an open space on the green belt.

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