Woolaston is a rural parish in gently sloping farmland rising from the north bank
of the River Severn in the west of the County of Gloucestershire in the UK. It is
on the western edge of the Forest of Dean and close to the Wye Valley on the A48
road between Chepstow and Lydney.
Your action needed over the latest Minerals Local Plan
In 1997 Woolaston Against Quarrying (WAQ) was born out of fear that Gloucestershire
Minerals Local Plan 1997-2006 would include a large area along the Hewelsfield Plateau
as part of the required landbank for crushed limestone.
Woolaston would have been affected by the opening of a new super-quarry with a large
increase in lorry traffic on all local roads with the possibility of a new road being
driven down the escarpment joining the B4228 to the A48. WAQ was dissolved in 2003
once that Minerals Local Plan had been adopted without the inclusion of an area in
But, the threat has returned with the start of the consultation process for the next
Minerals Local Plan in which the Hewelsfield site features once again.
Your action is needed to comment on the latest proposals which can be found in the
consultative document on the Gloucestershire County Council website HERE. This is,
unfortunately, a tediously long document but it is important to the future of the
village; the most relevant part to the Hewelsfield site starts on page 50 (page 51
in a PDF reader) although the previous few pages relating to the quarry at Stowfield
are also relevant to our area.
You are urged to make your views heard by making comments on the Minerals Local Plan
to Gloucestershire County Council.
You may find it useful to refer to the Inspectors Report into the previous Minerals
Local Plan, HERE, and the County Council’s Consideration of the Inspectors Report,
The closing date for the consultation is the 18th August 2014 so please make your
views heard now
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