Quarry restoration work to continue in Aldborough Hatch for two years

London Assembly chairman Roger Evans (fifth on the left), Ilford North MP Lee Scott (third from the

London Assembly chairman Roger Evans (fifth on the left), Ilford North MP Lee Scott (third from the right), Rev Kate Lovesey (centre) and Aldborough Hatch Defence Association chairman Ron Jeffries (on Rev Lovesey's right) with residents. They are opposing plans for more gravel extraction in Aldborough Hatch. [Picture: Nicholas Smith] - Credit: Archant

Restoration work at a quarry is set to continue for a further two years after a planning application was approved.

Brett Lafarge was given permission for the extension of its activities at Aldborough Hall Farm, in Aldborough Hatch, at a Redbridge Council regulatory committee meeting last week.

However, the decision is subject to a detailed phasing plan being submitted to the chief planning and regeneration officer.

Ron Jeffries, 81, chairman of the Aldborough Hatch Defence Association, said: “While we are disappointed, we are pleased councillors insisted that there should be a phasing plan submitted, as this should ensure the work won’t drag on further.

“We have already had 12 years of this [gravel extraction] when we were promised it would take six.”

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Mr Jeffries said he was “encouraged” by Aldborough ward councillors Cllr Wes Streeting, Cllr Debbie Kaur-Thiara and Cllr John Howard, who spoke against the application at the meeting.

A spokesman for Brett Lafarge said: “Brett Lafarge is pleased with this decision, which will allow us to complete the high quality restoration of Phase D for nature conservation and amenity use, in line with the approved planning consent for that area.”

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