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Meeting of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 27/11/2006
Surrey Minerals Plan 2006

Waverley Borough Council

Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee
27th November 2006

[Wards Affected: Farnham Weybourne and Badshot Lea and Peperharow]
Summary and purpose:

The purpose of the report is to provide information on the sequence of events pursuant to publication of Surrey Minerals Plan by Surrey County Council. The information in this report is already in the public domain.
Environmental implications:

The environmental considerations are very significant, because of the scale of the proposed extraction, and the likely impacts of the landscape.

Social / community implications:

The social impact of the proposals will be the detrimental effect on the lives of people living near the sites.

E-Government implications:

There are no e-government implications arising from this report.

Resource and legal implications:

There are no resource or legal implications apart from the need for Section 106 Agreements for the development of the sites.


1. Following the Minerals Forum on 15th May 2006, a report was submitted to the Executive on 13th June 2006 (see Annexe A). The report summarised the objectives of the Minerals Plan, and the need for aggregates. There followed a description of the sites proposed for extraction, which were:

a new site at Monkton Lane, Farnham; an extension to the Runfold South sandpit, Farnham; and

a new site at Eashing Farm, Eashing in Guildford Borough.
2. A revised version of the report with an additional reason for objection was then published (see Annexe B, point 6). During the meeting it was evident that Members were of the view that a very strong objection should be made to the Minerals Plan and particularly to Eashing Farm as well as to Monkton Lane and to Runfold South. Therefore five more reasons for objection were added to the recommendation. (See the extract from the Executive Bulletin from 13th June 2006 at Annexe B, points 3, 7, 8, 9 and 10).

3. The formal response to Surrey County Council expressed these very strong views (See the letter of 15th June to Surrey County Council at Annexe C).

Subsequent Events

4. The consultation on the draft Minerals Plan finished in June and over 3000 responses were received. A report has been prepared by the County Council which highlights the main issues raised and answers some of the questions. The preferred option in the Plan is being assessed in the light of the responses and a final report is being prepared by the County Council for submission to the Secretary of State.


It is recommended that the report be noted.
Background Papers ( DPD)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.



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