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Public inquiry into Chieveley sand extraction plans begins today

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The waste giant appealed a decision by West Berkshire Council to deny permission to allow it to increase its operations at the site of Old Kiln Quarry, near to Junction 13 of the M4 and now the Government has stepped in.
The three-day hearing will take place at the West Berkshire Council offices in Market Street, Newbury, from today (Tuesday) until Thursday, August 2.
West Berkshire Council threw out the application on grounds it would have a negative impact on the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Grundon has repeatedly denied the application is linked to its plan to build a large industrial energy from waste incinerator on the adjacent site, a move which was also blocked by the council.
Protest group West Berkshire Against the Grundon Incinerator (WBAGI) remain unconvinced, and along with Chieveley Parish Council will be speaking against the plans.
A decision will be taken by a Government planning inspector following the submission of evidence from both parties.
Each session will start at 10am.

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