Have you heard of the campaign to Protect Wicklesham Quarry from Development? Local people in the western Vale and beyond have been opposing plans to turn Wicklesham into an industrial warehousing site for over two years. The quarry is a SSSI for earth sciences, and one of Britain’s “richest palaeontological sites”. It is also a Conservation Target Area and Priority Habitat for rare plants and European Protected Species. It has planning conditions for restoration to agriculture.
Having been rejected for inclusion as an industrial site in the Local Plan since 2008, Faringdon Neighbourhood Plan now seeks to safeguard the site for B2/B8 use.
If you wish to know more, read the online petition at Change.Org: https://www.change.org/p/
There is now also a CrowdJustice Appeal to seek support for a Judicial Review of the Vale of White Horse District Council’s decision to adopt Faringdon Neighbourhood Plan, subject to referendum. You can read it at:https://www.crowdjustice.org/
This case has many implications for local communities facing proposals for quarrying, for the protection of our exceptionally rare, nationally designated site, and for the role of the Biodiversity Action Plan in local planning decisions. Please contact me at email@example.com with any questions or comments.