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IMMEDIATE RESPONSE NEEDED!!!
PLEASE E-MAIL BGCBC BY NOON ON THURSDAY 16TH
In their new Local Development Plan Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council have described our beautiful canyon as "Tir Pentwys Tip" in their summary leaflet and followed Torfaen Council by allocating it as a preferred area for mineral extraction i.e. quarrying !!
The whole canyon has been marked as a Preferred Area, which are "areas of known mineral resources with some commercial potential, and where planning permission might reasonably be expected"
Please oppose this by filling in the form at http://www.blaenau-gwent.gov.uk/environment/15675.asp
- You object to the Policy SP12, in particular the allocation of Tir Pentwys as M4 Preferred Area, because you value the Canyon for its beauty/biodiversity/tranquility/geology etc. The area is well used for walking, cycling, horseriding etc.
- The site is designated as both a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation and is in a Special Landscape Area. Surely these designations mean that it would not be appropriate to quarry aggregate there?
- The impact of noise and dust should quarrying take place would be unacceptable.
- The local road network is not suitable for large numbers of HGVs, and the proposed access road in neighbouring Torfaen's Tir Pentyws Planning Application would destroy ancient woodland.
- The definition of a Preferred Area seems to indirectly promise planning consent to a development on the site via "the back door".