Lafarge Tarmac, the owners of Panshanger Park and the operators of Panshanger Quarry, has submitted a planning application to Hertfordshire County Council to import inert restoration materials – via a proposed new access road to enhance the restoration of quarry Phases F and H.
The new scheme would have several advantages over the currently permitted one.
The only remaining consented, undisturbed area of the site (Phase G) – south of the A414 and north of the Old Coach Road – by Cole Green and Birch Farm – would no longer be extracted for sand and gravel, but remain in agricultural use.
An informal parkland landscape would be created in Phase H, typical of the landscaped parks and gardens designed by Humphry Repton. As a landscape and nature conservation benefit, Phase F would be restored to acid grassland and woodland fringe habitats, at close to original ground level.
Earlier public access in to the western half of the country park would also become available.
The company is holding a public exhibition, specifically about this application, on Monday 23rd March, from 3pm - 8.30pm in the Lower Lounge of the White Horse Hotel, Hertingfordbury Road, Hertingfordbury, Hertford, SG14 2LB.
Mike Pendock, Lafarge Tarmac Estates Manager says,
“We are very excited about the potential opportunities from these restoration plans.
“The revised proposals would affect just over 5% of the total area of Panshanger, all of it outside the country park and nature reserve.
“Keeping the land south of the A414 in agricultural use and importing inert restoration materials, means we can restore the land in Phase H back almost to original levels. We could then develop a planting programme in keeping with the historic Parks and Gardens designation.
“At the same time, Phase F would be restored to similar levels, but used for nature conservation land uses.
“This revised planning application also proposes a direct access in to Phase H from Panshanger Lane. The existing road in to the site would continue to be used during active sand and gravel extraction and processing. Once this is complete – and the processing plant has been removed (around the end of 2016/early 2017) – the existing road in to the site would be available for public access in to the western half of the park. The new access road in to Phase H would be used to import restoration materials.
“We are looking forward to discussing our proposals with our neighbours and interested stakeholders at our public exhibition”.
You can find a Non Technical Summary of our plans for Phases F and H here.
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