A large area of The Severals (173 acres) has been identified by WSCC and the SDNPA as a possible sand working site. The Cowdray Estate which owns the land has expressed an interest in developing the site for minerals extraction.
If that were to happen it is the Parish Council’s view that it would be disastrous for the local area. Although The Severals is in the parish of Woolbeding there would be a considerable effect on everyone living in the Bepton Common area and for the village as a whole. Workings can go on for 20 years or more.
The County Council and the Park Authority are carrying out a consultation exercise involving the Severals and a number of other sites. The consultation period ends on 22 September. Let WSCC know your views on sand working in the Severals without delay! There is a link to the relevant WSCC/SDNPA documents and response form here.
Inevitable features of this proposal would include:
- Extensive tree felling
- Ruination of the landscape
- Permanent and perhaps vast holes in the ground (like at Minsted)
- Alterations to the level and flow of groundwater (and the potential effects this would have on your garden)
- Severe damage to plants and wildlife including habitat destruction and severance of wildlife corridors
- Additional heavy traffic on the A272, with possibly a new roundabout at or near the Severals Road junction and more heavy traffic in Midhurst
- Impact on Public Rights of Way – this area includes part of the Serpent Trail
- Noise from tree felling, use of heavy vehicles and dust pollution are additional problems that would adversely affect the area
If you object to this proposal write and tell the Council so in your own words and with your reasons.
The address to write to is:
Strategic Planning (Minerals Local Plan)
West Sussex County Council
They can also be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
Information from the websites of the following organisations might provide extra ammunition to include in letters of objection.
- Friends of Midhurst Common
- South Downs National Park Authority
- West Sussex County Council
- Cowdray Estate
- Council for the Protection of Rural England
- Bat Conservation Trust
- Sussex Wildlife Trust
- The Midhurst Society