Traffic fears over quarry proposal

Residents from Hastings Road, Calne, who are concerned about proposals which could lead to multiple lorries passing their homes

Residents from Hastings Road, Calne, who are concerned about proposals which could lead to multiple lorries passing their homes

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Families living on a new housing estate in Calne say they are horrified to learn of a planning application that would increase the number of lorries driving past their homes.

Residents at the Steeple Chase development, built by Redrow Homes on Sandpit Road, live next to Sands Farm Quarry, owned by Aggregate Industries UK Ltd.

The firm’s concrete products factory and stockyard on the site was mothballed in 2009 because of the economic downturn and its planning permission for the plant is due to expire in February.

However, Aggregate Industries has now applied for permission to extend concrete production there until November 2022.

Families believe the company intends to revive the factory and transfer staff from its other operations in the South West to Calne.

According to figures submitted with its application, there would more than 4,500 lorry deliveries per year.

Businesswoman Julie Musk said she chose her house on Hastings Drive because she needed to be closer to London, but she wanted to live somewhere quiet. She said the traffic would affect the whole town and she was concerned the planning notice had not been advertised widely during consultation, which ends on November 8.

She said: “If this is going to impact on the whole of Calne, why isn’t this being made clear? We all know the quarry is at the end of the road, but we were told by Redrow there would be 20 lorries a day.

“The posters suggest business as usual, but just for longer. They’re only placed in Sandpit Road but the influx of lorries will affect the whole town.”

Calne town councillor Caroline Ramsey, who owns a house on Oxford Road, near the quarry, said the factory produced a huge amount of dust when it was working.

She said: “There was cement dust on our washing and on our cars and our houses vibrated terribly. We had huge problems with flooding on the road and the engineers said that the drains were plugged with cement.

“This is a new application and it should not be allowed because the whole landscape around here has changed. This is a recipe for disaster.”

A Wiltshire Council spokeswoman said statutory procedures had been followed by displaying planning notices on site and also in the local newspaper.

She said: “The description on the notice comes from the applicant, however all documents are available online.

“We already extended the consultation period due to the fact notices were defaced and disappeared.”

Aggregate Industries did not respond to the Gazette’s requests for a comment.

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5:58pm Thu 1 Nov 12

tony montana says...

Ha Ha YOU MOVED IN NEXT TO A QUARRY !!!!!!!! it's even called sandpit road !!!!!!!! do the maths !!!!!!!!!!!

On a side note if the planners were not taking back handers, the planning permission would never have been approved for steeple chase! then there would be no problem!

Karma :)
Ha Ha YOU MOVED IN NEXT TO A QUARRY !!!!!!!! it's even called sandpit road !!!!!!!! do the maths !!!!!!!!!!! On a side note if the planners were not taking back handers, the planning permission would never have been approved for steeple chase! then there would be no problem! Karma :) tony montana
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6:16pm Thu 1 Nov 12

RobinsTalk says...

No sympathy for you I'm afraid.
People that have lived in that area for years have suddenly had this housing estate built in their back gardens which they didn't want just so a bunch of outsiders could come and live in a 'quiet area'.
The lorries wouldn't affect the whole town as they would have to use the by-pass like the rest of the lorries do and at least the factory will provide jobs for local people, not that you lot care because you have your well paid jobs in London!!
No sympathy for you I'm afraid. People that have lived in that area for years have suddenly had this housing estate built in their back gardens which they didn't want just so a bunch of outsiders could come and live in a 'quiet area'. The lorries wouldn't affect the whole town as they would have to use the by-pass like the rest of the lorries do and at least the factory will provide jobs for local people, not that you lot care because you have your well paid jobs in London!! RobinsTalk
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6:50pm Thu 1 Nov 12

OhThisIsFun says...

Get over it, i doubt the people who lived locally wanted a load of grotty new builds going up but theyve had to put up with ! Its called progress !
Get over it, i doubt the people who lived locally wanted a load of grotty new builds going up but theyve had to put up with ! Its called progress ! OhThisIsFun
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12:16am Fri 2 Nov 12

Phorever says...

I agree with all previous comments.
To many houses are going up around Calne, none of which the residents wanted.
I agree with all previous comments. To many houses are going up around Calne, none of which the residents wanted. Phorever
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11:53am Fri 2 Nov 12

honeypot123 says...

You buy a house next to a quarry where planning permission already exists and then you kick off because they plan to do something thats already got permission. Not an ounce of sympathy, you should have researched properly before buying.

You live in an expanding town, stop getting in the way of progress.
You buy a house next to a quarry where planning permission already exists and then you kick off because they plan to do something thats already got permission. Not an ounce of sympathy, you should have researched properly before buying. You live in an expanding town, stop getting in the way of progress. honeypot123
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12:34pm Fri 2 Nov 12

Don Jones says...

tony montana wrote:
Ha Ha YOU MOVED IN NEXT TO A QUARRY !!!!!!!! it's even called sandpit road !!!!!!!! do the maths !!!!!!!!!!! On a side note if the planners were not taking back handers, the planning permission would never have been approved for steeple chase! then there would be no problem! Karma :)
Backhanders? Can you prove that? Have you got the guts to make that accusation under your real name? Of course if you are the real Tony Montana, then I apologise as I have no desire to say hello to your little friend.

Anyway, wouldn't this bring a few jobs to the area?

You have to have a bit of sympathy for the residents of Sandpit Road, nxt to Sands Farm Quarry. They can't have had the faintest idea that there could be some sort of quarry nearby.
[quote][p][bold]tony montana[/bold] wrote: Ha Ha YOU MOVED IN NEXT TO A QUARRY !!!!!!!! it's even called sandpit road !!!!!!!! do the maths !!!!!!!!!!! On a side note if the planners were not taking back handers, the planning permission would never have been approved for steeple chase! then there would be no problem! Karma :)[/p][/quote]Backhanders? Can you prove that? Have you got the guts to make that accusation under your real name? Of course if you are the real Tony Montana, then I apologise as I have no desire to say hello to your little friend. Anyway, wouldn't this bring a few jobs to the area? You have to have a bit of sympathy for the residents of Sandpit Road, nxt to Sands Farm Quarry. They can't have had the faintest idea that there could be some sort of quarry nearby. Don Jones
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2:38pm Fri 2 Nov 12

tony montana says...

Don Jones wrote:
tony montana wrote:
Ha Ha YOU MOVED IN NEXT TO A QUARRY !!!!!!!! it's even called sandpit road !!!!!!!! do the maths !!!!!!!!!!! On a side note if the planners were not taking back handers, the planning permission would never have been approved for steeple chase! then there would be no problem! Karma :)
Backhanders? Can you prove that? Have you got the guts to make that accusation under your real name? Of course if you are the real Tony Montana, then I apologise as I have no desire to say hello to your little friend.

Anyway, wouldn't this bring a few jobs to the area?

You have to have a bit of sympathy for the residents of Sandpit Road, nxt to Sands Farm Quarry. They can't have had the faintest idea that there could be some sort of quarry nearby.
Don (if that is your real name) of course i have no proof, i am mearly speculating !! it's the fact that these developments seem to always get the go ahead despite mass opposition?? i dont think that we are all that nieve to think this would not go on ... trust me someone is lining their pockets !!!

Don are you on the planning committee??
[quote][p][bold]Don Jones[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tony montana[/bold] wrote: Ha Ha YOU MOVED IN NEXT TO A QUARRY !!!!!!!! it's even called sandpit road !!!!!!!! do the maths !!!!!!!!!!! On a side note if the planners were not taking back handers, the planning permission would never have been approved for steeple chase! then there would be no problem! Karma :)[/p][/quote]Backhanders? Can you prove that? Have you got the guts to make that accusation under your real name? Of course if you are the real Tony Montana, then I apologise as I have no desire to say hello to your little friend. Anyway, wouldn't this bring a few jobs to the area? You have to have a bit of sympathy for the residents of Sandpit Road, nxt to Sands Farm Quarry. They can't have had the faintest idea that there could be some sort of quarry nearby.[/p][/quote]Don (if that is your real name) of course i have no proof, i am mearly speculating !! it's the fact that these developments seem to always get the go ahead despite mass opposition?? i dont think that we are all that nieve to think this would not go on ... trust me someone is lining their pockets !!! Don are you on the planning committee?? tony montana
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4:16pm Fri 2 Nov 12

Don Jones says...

Tony, strangely enough, mine is not the sort of monicker you make up. I was a bit involved with planning, but that was a while ago.

There are a couple of problems with planning - and neither is to do with corruption. First, the big boys have money. Second they can appeal and appeal and appeal against rejected applications. They only have to win once.

On top of that, a lot of planning applications are in the general public good &/or fit in with regional strategy. Bascially we need new development and it's got to go somewhere. Just so long as it's not next to me ...
Tony, strangely enough, mine is not the sort of monicker you make up. I was a bit involved with planning, but that was a while ago. There are a couple of problems with planning - and neither is to do with corruption. First, the big boys have money. Second they can appeal and appeal and appeal against rejected applications. They only have to win once. On top of that, a lot of planning applications are in the general public good &/or fit in with regional strategy. Bascially we need new development and it's got to go somewhere. Just so long as it's not next to me ... Don Jones
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1:56pm Mon 5 Nov 12

thelittlemorgan says...

Outsiders? Dear god. Calne is well located for commuters, is surrounded by beautiful places to walk, and offers affordable living options for families. It's the outsiders we need.... don't hear too many 'local' accents in Costa at the weekends...too busy crying about the closure of dire Poppins.
Outsiders? Dear god. Calne is well located for commuters, is surrounded by beautiful places to walk, and offers affordable living options for families. It's the outsiders we need.... don't hear too many 'local' accents in Costa at the weekends...too busy crying about the closure of dire Poppins. thelittlemorgan
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5:29pm Mon 5 Nov 12

RobinsTalk says...

thelittlemorgan wrote:
Outsiders? Dear god. Calne is well located for commuters, is surrounded by beautiful places to walk, and offers affordable living options for families. It's the outsiders we need.... don't hear too many 'local' accents in Costa at the weekends...too busy crying about the closure of dire Poppins.
WAS surrounded by beautiful places to walk until the developers decided to build on all the fields so the outsiders could move in and moan about lorries going to the quarry whilst drinking their over priced coffee!!
[quote][p][bold]thelittlemorgan[/bold] wrote: Outsiders? Dear god. Calne is well located for commuters, is surrounded by beautiful places to walk, and offers affordable living options for families. It's the outsiders we need.... don't hear too many 'local' accents in Costa at the weekends...too busy crying about the closure of dire Poppins.[/p][/quote]WAS surrounded by beautiful places to walk until the developers decided to build on all the fields so the outsiders could move in and moan about lorries going to the quarry whilst drinking their over priced coffee!! RobinsTalk
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6:18pm Mon 5 Nov 12

Phorever says...

RobinsTalk wrote:
thelittlemorgan wrote:
Outsiders? Dear god. Calne is well located for commuters, is surrounded by beautiful places to walk, and offers affordable living options for families. It's the outsiders we need.... don't hear too many 'local' accents in Costa at the weekends...too busy crying about the closure of dire Poppins.
WAS surrounded by beautiful places to walk until the developers decided to build on all the fields so the outsiders could move in and moan about lorries going to the quarry whilst drinking their over priced coffee!!
Here here.

Calne has been the victim of backhanders left right and centre. The most blatant was Sainsburys.
The Pippin carpark was left to the locals by Harris', for the community to park for free, for 99 years.
Sainsburys wave money under the councils nose, and all of a sudden, our carpark gets a supermarket built on it, with a 2 hour limit. Yet there was a good 85 years left to run on that.
You telling me there wasn't a backhander involved there?
[quote][p][bold]RobinsTalk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thelittlemorgan[/bold] wrote: Outsiders? Dear god. Calne is well located for commuters, is surrounded by beautiful places to walk, and offers affordable living options for families. It's the outsiders we need.... don't hear too many 'local' accents in Costa at the weekends...too busy crying about the closure of dire Poppins.[/p][/quote]WAS surrounded by beautiful places to walk until the developers decided to build on all the fields so the outsiders could move in and moan about lorries going to the quarry whilst drinking their over priced coffee!![/p][/quote]Here here. Calne has been the victim of backhanders left right and centre. The most blatant was Sainsburys. The Pippin carpark was left to the locals by Harris', for the community to park for free, for 99 years. Sainsburys wave money under the councils nose, and all of a sudden, our carpark gets a supermarket built on it, with a 2 hour limit. Yet there was a good 85 years left to run on that. You telling me there wasn't a backhander involved there? Phorever
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9:46am Tue 6 Nov 12

cris says...

stupid problem
stupid people

GET DIGGING

its not your problem
stupid problem stupid people GET DIGGING its not your problem cris
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12:23pm Thu 8 Nov 12

thelittlemorgan says...

If you think Calne isn't still beautiful and surrounded by countryside you clearly have never left the town in the last decade to see other areas. Calne would be on it's knees without outsiders.
If you think Calne isn't still beautiful and surrounded by countryside you clearly have never left the town in the last decade to see other areas. Calne would be on it's knees without outsiders. thelittlemorgan
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