Hampshire Conservatives’ plans to turn Hamble airfield into a gravel pit and add over 7,000 extra heavy lorry movements onto Hamble Lane has been a threat hanging over our villages for over a decade.
Quarry and cement giant Cemex has put in a planning application to Hampshire County Council for years of gravel extraction and lorry movements up and down Hamble Lane to Hamble Airfield.
The proposal is part of the Conservative County Council's "Minerals and Waste Local Plan" that was so fiercely opposed by local residents, our Parish Councils and Lib Dem campaigners before it was agreed in 2013, and backed again by the County Council in 2020.
Cemex's plan would see:
- 1.7 million tonnes of sand and gravel taken from the airfield
- 7 years of gravel extraction
- 10 years of landfill
- up to 144 lorry movements a day on Hamble Lane - nearly one every four minutes
- a site entrance between the two schools
- up to 5m high bunds and 7m depth extraction
It doesn’t have to be like this. Planning applications can be thrown out if there are good planning reasons to oppose them. And with the dust, noise and pollution, and the long-term threat of the landowner pushing for housing on the airfield in a decade’s time, there are plenty of reasons to say no.
Hampshire County Council haven’t bothered to send the details to many local residents. That’s where your Lib Dem team is different. We have!
We've also launched a petition to get more voices standing up for our villages. You can sign it below.
Liz Jarvis & Tonia Craig
"The Hamble peninsula should not be subjected to 144 extra lorries every day down Hamble Lane with noise, dust and pollution from gravel extraction. We the undersigned call on Hampshire County Council to REJECT plans to turn Hamble Airfield in a gravel pit."