The HRA in common with other residents’ associations in the area is horrified that permission has been give to extract gravel from land off Roeshott Hill for the next 17 years. Hampshire County Council has given permission despite concerns about road safety and the environmental impact. The quarry is to be created on 78 hectares of farmland close to the site where 875 new homes are planned.
The quarry will be operated by Bodorgan Properties Ltd which is linked to landowner Meyrick Estates and is based at their offices. More than three million tonnes of material will be dug from the quarry with up to 120 lorries a day operating at the site. A concrete manufacturing plant, material screening and crushing facilities are to be built at the site and there will also be a workshop, offices, a weighbridge and a new access road to the A35.
Work at the site north of the railway line between Burton Common and Ambury Lane will begin soon.
HRA Communications Officer said “This site has been under discussion for many years and The Alliance of Christchurch Residents Associations had objected and presented a petition to HCC but they have taken no notice. This will have a most detrimental effect on the already congested roads in this area. It is bad enough that they are filling up Roeshott Hill with so many new houses, which will no doubt all have cars. The Christchurch area is often grid-locked at the moment, so what on earth is going to happen when even more traffic is piled onto our roads. Highcliffe already suffers thanks to a decision made by Hampshire County Council to close Lyndhurst to heavy goods vehicles, as all the heavy traffic uses the A337 through the centre of our village.”