Nicholas Pearson Associates

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Babcombe and Sands Copse Quarry

Client: Clifford Estate Company Limited
Hanson, Viridor, M&W Aggregates

Location: Devon

Babcombe and Sands Copse quarry, part of the Clifford Estate in Devon, was first granted planning permission for mineral (sand and gravel) extraction in 1959. The Environment Act 1995 placed a duty on all Mineral Planning Authorities to carry out a Review of Old Mineral Permissions (ROMP) for all extraction sites granted permission between 1948 and 1982. The ROMP aims to update the conditions on existing permissions to bring them in line with current standards of environmental protection and planning control and to define relevant  restoration and long term management regimes. An Environmental Statement was submitted in support of the ROMP planning application.
The quarry has a phased programme of extraction, filling and restoration. An inert waste landfill site also lies within the quarry. A key feature of the proposals was an integrated restoration plan which related to the whole quarry, to include the extraction areas and the land-fill areas to ensure overall integration in the landscape on completion of the restoration programme.
Nicholas Pearson Associates have had a long association with this site and have been involved with developing the restoration and management plans, liaising with the planning authority, Devon County Council, and statutory consultees,  preparing the Environmental Statement and ROMP planning submission  and gaining planning approval. We have also been involved with detailed phasing plans and restoration plans for discharge of planning conditions.  Restoration proposals include ponds, carr woodland, mixed native woodland to extend the existing woodland of the Babcombe Copse County Wildlife Site and extensive areas of heathland. A detailed method statement was prepared for the heathland restoration using locally sourced heather brashings.