New threats to the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Green Belt have led to growing local opposition to the Surrey Minerals Plan.

CPRE’s Tandridge district group has linked up with local residents’ groups and East Surrey’s newly elected MP, Sam Gyimah, in calling for the withdrawal and review of the Plan. New Government guidance gives minerals authorities, in this case Surrey County Council, the scope to revise their Minerals Plans to take proper account of local opinion.

So far, however, the County Council has rejected these demands. CPRE Surrey will continue to oppose the Plan in its present form as we believe it will bring considerable damage to the Green Belt and to Surrey Hills AONB as well as disruption to the lives of local people in the areas affected.  The sheer scale of development proposed threatens to choke roads with heavy lorries and pollute the local environment over a wide area.

The Examination in Public of the Minerals Plan Core Strategy starts in October 2010 and the Aggregates consultation is scheduled for early 2011.

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