Richings Park and Thorney Residents Association

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CEMEX Gravel Extraction Project

This is a proposal to extract the gravel from the fields to the north of North Park to the immediate east of the Sutton Lane Junction.

A formal planning application has been submitted to Bucks County Council and the documents associated with this can be read on the Bucks web site HERE using reference CM/51/16.

In summary, we have concerns as follows:

HGVs will be routed via North Park and Sutton Lane - this will increase the traffic along this very busy stretch of the road. 

There are no planned improvements to the road junction with Sutton Lane/Parlaunt Road.

There has been no modelling to understand the cumulative effect of traffic from this scheme and all the other planned developments in the area, combined with the closure of Hollow Hill Lane.

They have not considered an exit directly from the site to the Sutton Lane/Parlaunt Road/North Park road junction (combined with junction improvements) to avoid further traffic congestion in North Park.

They have said that their traffic movements will have a negligible effect on air quality but have provided insufficient evidence to demonstrate this conclusion.  We know that NOx is already at borderline levels in regard to air quality limits where we are currently monitoring in North Park. 

They have not accommodated the WRATH development into their plans - they have said that they are unable to take into account the effect of WRATH because the project isn't finalised, but no effort has been made to work a solution into their scheme.

There is no noise attenuating bund on the north-east of the site, so residents in Bathurst Walk, part of Syke Cluan and Northumberland Walk will be severely impacted by noise.

Site restoration is planned for after the gravel has been completely extracted, but as they will be extracting the gravel in phases there is no reason why they can't reinstate in phases to reduce the duration that they are on site.

They plan to work 6 days a week, which means that residents will not get respite from noise at the weekends.  There should be no weekend working at all.


RPRA will be making representations along these lines to Bucks County Council but further comments on the applications from individual local residents would help strengthen the case for obtaining conditions and mitigation measures to the proposal.  These can be made via the Bucks CC website mentioned above.  Residents had until November 11th  , 2016 to submit their comments and objections.  A letter of objection from Slough Borough Council can be read HERE which contains a lot of useful information that you could have been used in objection notices.


A party of residents took a tour around the local CEMEX site at Riding Court Farm in Datchet on January 13, 2017.  Videos and photos were taken as shown on the following pages.




CEMEX Photo 1 CEMEX Photo 2 CEMEX Photo 3 CEMEX Videos