Hampshire County Council is the relevant planning authority for minerals and waste development. The County Council has a formal responsibility to make sure its plans deliver the right minerals, at the right time to where they are most needed. The current Minerals & Waste Plan runs to 2030 and will be rolled forward from that date.
The area of land known locally as Purple Haze, has already been allocated in the county Minerals Plan as the best option for continuing a local supply of building sand to support development projects.
In line with best practice, an operating quarry would only work small areas of land – known as phases – one at a time. Land not being used for extraction, would remain in its current use.
Once the sand has been extracted, that Phase would be restored in line with the agreed restoration plan.
Restoration design would reflect the results of the investigations we are carrying out and the requirements of Hampshire County Council. The Minerals & Waste Plan currently suggests that after uses could include woodland, heathland and recreation.
Grundon operates to the standards of the PAS 99:2012 Integrated Management System, together with BS ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management), BS ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management), BS OHSAS 45001:2018 ( Occupational
Health & Safety Management) and BS ISO 50001:2011 (Energy Management). Each site is independently audited to ensure compliance.
The County Council would monitor the site at least three-times a year, reporting back to elected members. These reports are a matter of public record.
Most quarries have a Community Liaison Group, which is usually chaired by the local County Councillor. Other attendees include elected representatives from the local parish or town council, council officers, the site operator and other interested parties.
Meetings can be held up to four-times a year – and may include a site visit to discuss progress, and future activities. These meetings can also provide a useful forum for addressing any concerns. Grundon is keen to establish such a group at an early stage of the Purple Haze development.