To continue working at Fairlop – and provide sustainable building materials in to the local market – we need to extend our operations on to land west of Aldborough Road North (Phase E) and west of Hainault Road (Phase F).
The proposed extension areas have already been allocated by LBR as preferred sites for future sand and gravel extraction in its Minerals Local Plan.
Although much of the existing quarry has already been extracted and restored, most of the essential infrastructure – such as the processing plant, the readymix plant, access roads remains on site. Our proposals include an enhanced restoration scheme for the parts of the site that haven’t yet been restored.
The current application area covers a total 65.4 hectares – of which we propose to work 34.5% – 22.6 hectares. The rest of the application area covers the existing processing plant and site access, the proposed new internal access routes, water management areas – Phase A (East) and retained parts of Phase D – andareas for amenity soil bunding. The available reserve is just under 1 million tonnes of sand and gravel.
We are proposing an 8 to 9 year time frame for this project, 6 to 7 years for extraction and a 2 year period to complete the final restoration phase.
Extraction will take place in phases, with restoration following closely behind. Land not immediately required for extraction would remain in agricultural use until needed. This approach minimises the land area that is worked at any one time. Production levels would remain in line with the historic output of about 150,000 tonnes a year for the remaining site life.
Restoration activities in more recent years have focused on returning areas with high quality soils back to agricultural use – in line with the planning permission and policy guidance when those permissions were granted. This would generally remain the case for the restoration of the proposed Phase E and F extensions.
However, some local recreational and nature conservation aspirations could be delivered by enhancing the restoration scheme design for both the un-restored parts of the existing site and the processing plant site. This would include landscaping and improving water features and introducing nature conservation habitats in Phases D and A. We would also improve public access across the restored landform, with new permissive routes connecting up to existing public rights of way.
Photo credit: Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust
The long term objective would be to provide a holistic approach to the restoration of all currently unrestored land – and land to be disturbed by the current proposals.
The restoration would be achieved by using a combination of imported inert excavation materials, site overburden and materials from on top of the sand and gravel that are specifically set aside for final restoration.
Brett Tarmac has now submitted its planning application to the London Borough of Redbridge. The planning application reference is 2089/16. The full application, plans etc can be accessed via the council’s planning portal via this link
You can also read and download the following materials here:
- F10-PL09-01 LOCATION PLAN
- F10-PL09-0201 EXISTING SITUATION PHASE F AND PLANT SITE
- F10-PL09-0202 EXISTING SITUATION PHASE E
- F10-PL09-03 PHASE F WORKING PLAN
- F10-PL09-04 PHASE E WORKING PLAN
- F10-PL09-0401 - PRE EXTRACTION WORKS
- F10-PL09-0402 - PHASE 1
- F10-PL09-0403 - PHASE 2
- F10-PL09-0404 - PHASE 3
- F10-PL09-0405 - PHASE 4
- F10-PL09-0406 - PHASE 5
- F10-PL09-0407 - ST PETERS CHURCH
- F10-PL09-05 Material Movement Plan
- F10-PL09-06 PHASE F RESTORATION PLAN
- F10-PL09-07 PHASE E RESTORATION PLAN
- F10-PL09-08 SECTIONS
- F10-PL09-09 PHASE D RESTORATION PLAN
- F10-PL09-10 PLANT SITE RESTORATION PLAN
- F10-PL09-11 PHASE A RESTORATION PLAN