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4. Please provide your comments on the environmental permit application received from East Kent Recycling Limited

Please provide your comments on the environmental permit application received from East Kent Recycling Limited (Required)
The increase in hours of lorries to include use of the access road from 5am and expected use on Saturday afternoons, some Sundays and Bank Holidays and the increase in the number of lorries will mean more potential conflict with users of the track as a public footpath as part of the Saxon Shore Way (England Coast Path). The increased use of this access road will also mean more disturbance of birds and other wildlife in Oare Creek which is within the SPA and Ramsar site and the pond directly to the west of the site by lorry noise. There is no reference in any of the documents submitted with this application to the 2015 planning permission for erection of new housing at Oare Gravel Works in Ham Road. There are current applications to discharge conditions relating to this planning permission and some have already been approved and commenced including off-site works to improve Ham Road and construct a car park so that is very likely that this scheme will be implemented . The reserved matters application for phase 1 of the development was submitted in 2018 (SBC reference 18/505418) and includes new housing much closer to the site around the gravel pit to the west of Ham Road. Phase 2 of the development will bring housing much closer to the boundary of the site, very close to the existing access road formerly used by Brett's for gravel workings which abuts the site. This means that any noise from working on the site will be much closer to residential property than on any map submitted with this application. I am aware that this is a planning consideration, but it is also an environmental one since the housing will be much more likely to be affected more often than existing housing in Oare and yet these residents also complain regularly about the present level of noise.