Decision on quarry near Greatford, Baston and Langtoft is delayed by concerns over width of road
A decision to allow quarrying at a new site close to Greatford, Langtoft and Baston was delayed this week after concerns were raised about the width of a road.
The proposal to dig sand and gravel from 55.5-hectares of farmland off King Street was heard by Lincolnshire County Council’s planning committee on Monday.
While the council’s highways department had expressed ‘no objection’ to the application by farmer Dr Charles Daniel Lane, who lives in Ashton, near Oundle, two people addressed the committee to say the road would be too narrow for two head-on HGVs to pass each other.
Dr Vanessa Smith, whose house is close to where access to the quarry would be on King Street, said the proposed 20cm increase in the road width, which would make it 5.5m wide in places, would not be sufficient, adding that in nearby West Deeping the road was more than 6m wide and that she had read government guidelines that said 6.8m was recommended “where HGVs were likely to pass each other on a regular basis”.
“King Street is already a death trap,” she added.
Greatford Parish council chairman Philip Britton also expressed concerns, saying HGVs often measured 3m in width with their mirrors, meaning 5.5m would be too narrow.
He said: “There have been 23 collisions in the last five years including sever and fatal accidents,” adding that the average speed recorded on the stretch was 57mph.
Simon Tucker, a traffic and transport consultant working on behalf of the applicant for the quarry said the development was ‘remote’ and would be 440m from Baston.
The county council’s head of planning, Neil McBride, suggested councillors on the committee visit the site, which they resolved to do. They will look at whether the road could be made wider, or whether this would be constrained by the lay of the land.
As a result, a decision on the application has been deferred to a later meeting of the committee.