After the Severals sand extraction sites were removed from the WSCC/SDNPA Minerals Plan, we were hoping that was the end of them. However, the Planning Inspector found that WSCC/SDNPA had not made enough provision for soft sand.
So WSCC/SDNPA were ordered to do a Soft Sand Review. They have now published their Issues and Options Consultation . In that document, both Severals East and Severals West have been identified as potential soft sand extraction sites. The consultation runs until 18th March 2019.
The Parish Council met informally and confirmed their continued objection to these proposals. The Chairman was interviewed by the Midhurst & Petworth Observer.
He said, “Bepton Parish Council were very disappointed to learn that the Severals East & West sites, which had been previously ruled out, were now back on the agenda. Our objections to them remain. They are unsuitable for a number of reasons and would have a serious detrimental impact on the environment, the natural habitat & the lives of people in Bepton, particularly along Severals Road. The South Downs National Park Authority has a statutory duty “to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area”. Sand extraction in the Severals would fly in the face of that. “
The Parish Council will be discussing their response at their meeting on 24th January (7pm at the Park House), which is, of course, open to the public.
In the meantime, the Council would encourage all local residents with views on the proposals to respond to the consultation exercise.