CONTROVERSIAL plans which could see more than a million tonnes of minerals extracted near Upton Upon Severn are being voted on next week.
Monday will see Worcestershire County Council decide whether to approve plans from the Cullimore Group to extract sand and gravel from Bow Lane in Ripple.
The plans have been controversial for a number of years, with four separate consultations since they were launched in 2019.
A group from Ripple caling themselves the Ripple Extraction Action Community Team (REACT), which has campaigned against the plans, will speak at the meeting.
REACT objects to the plans on the basis that there will be 144 movements of HGVs per day on site, while the Cullimore Group says more minerals are vitally needed in the area.
Moreton Cullimore, managing director of the Cullimore Group, said the plans needed to be approved in order to avoid a shortage of materials for major infrastructure projects over the next 10 to 15 years.
He said: “The fact of the matter is a demand for material is far outstripping the supply.
“We also need to remember that we only have a finite amount of these materials, so we need to think smarter and more strategically about where our building materials come from.
“Recycled aggregate is great for certain uses, but construction is not one of them, certainly not for strong walls in houses and other buildings.”
He added that without the Ripple site, major projects in Worcestershire and Gloucestershire will need to import materials from elsewhere as the counties will not produce enough on their own to meet demand.
REACT will send Nikki Reeves to speak at the meeting.
She said: “REACT have been fighting this proposal on many fronts from the increased risk of flooding, the impact on local businesses, the noise and vibration and it’s impacts on local residents, the threat to public health with the distribution of lethal silica dust particles, our list goes on and on.
“The proposal is to extract 1.44 million tons of sand gravel over a nine year timescale involving 144 HGV movements per day.
“The impact on the A38 will be very significant with 40 per cent more heavy vehicles joining the road.”
This proposal is a cross boundary application with Gloucestershire County Council.
The Worcestershire County Council will be voting on the quarrying of the land as this area falls in the Worcestershire boundary.
Gloucestershire County Council will be voting on the haul road, processing and concrete batching plant later this year.