Ingrebourne Vallery Ltd asked us to collate and presented salient environmental information to prepare for future mineral extraction, landfilling and land restoration across three neighbouring parcels of land.
The area included three discrete sites with a combined land holding of around 95 hectares:
A dormant sand and gravel quarry, it benefits from ROMP planning consent and is in the local minerals plan. Ecological surveys have identified notable, scarce and protected plant, faunal and animal species within the main Orsett Quarry void, resulting in the site being identified as of high ecological value at a county level.
Client’s objectives: to work the remaining mineral reserves and restore the quarry void by inert landfilling (subject to Environmental Permit approval). Although the client could commence working of the quarry immediately, there was a requirement to protect certain species present within the void space. The favoured option was to move relevant species to a suitable receptor habitat (i.e., the neighbouring Ecological Park).
Walton’s Hall Farm
An unworked sand and gravel reserve containing around 1.5 million tonnes of virgin material.
Client’s objectives: to progressively work the area (subject to planning consent) and restore it back to agricultural use using inert fill (subject to Environmental Permit approval).
Orsett Quarry Ecological Park
Part of the wider Orsett Quarry landholding, it has been subject to historical mineral extraction and restoration to low quality pasture/ agriculture.
Client’s objectives: to create a diverse ecological habitat using clean inert imported material under a suitable recovery Environmental Permit. This would enable the adjacent quarry to reopen.
We provided a range of geo-environmental and regulatory advice designed to support the client’s planning and environmental permitting needs, including:
Our continued project involvement will include: