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Farley Estate and CEMEX UK are proposing to extract sand and gravel from a site to the south of Reading.

Land to the South West of Bridge Farm

In order to meet the local need for construction materials to create and maintain our built environment, the Farley Estate and CEMEX UK are proposing to extract sand and gravel from a site to the south of Reading and off theA327 Reading Road between the villages of Shinfield and Arborfield.

CEMEX is a leading global producer of cement, concrete and other building materials which are essential to the construction industry. Farley Estate comprises 707 hectares of mixed farmland. Over the years the estate has diversified to maintain its long term viability. Looking to the future, it needs to further diversify its activities to remain financially sustainable and to continue to provide jobs for local people as well as continuing farming in the area. The estate believes that short-term quarrying provides a better option than selling large blocks of land for development.

As part of their consultation and engagement with the local community, two public displays are being held to present the joint proposals for future mineral extraction from land south west of Bridge Farm. 

Tuesday, 28th June at the Arborfield Village Hall, Eversley Road, Arborfield, Berkshire, RG2 9PQ,
between 1pm and 6pm

Thursday, 30th June at the Shinfield Parish Hall, School Green, Shinfield , Reading, RG2 9EH,
between  3pm and 8pm

Representatives from CEMEX and the Estate will be present at the exhibitions to explain and discuss the proposals in more detail and to answer any questions.

Following the exhibitions, the display material and additional information will be available on this site for further consideration and to allow those unable to visit the exhibitions to view the material and to post any comments.

Contact Information

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In advance of the exhibitions, the proposals are in summary as follows:-

South of Reading and off the A327 Reading Road between Shinfield and Arborfield

The Site
Consists of approximately 190 hectares of predominantly mixed farmland

The proposals involve the extraction of sand and gravel over a ten year period at a rate of 350,000 tonnes per annum

Would be to a mosaic of land uses including agriculture, woodland, ponds, reedbeds, wet woodland, lowland meadows and an agricultural reservoir. Restoration would be complete four years after the conclusion of the extraction phases.

Operations: extraction and restoration would be undertaken on a progressive basis. This means that only small areas are worked at any one time and as one extraction phase is completed, restoration immediately follows on behind. It is proposed that this site is worked over 12 phases.

Environmental Impact Assessment
Proposals such as this naturally require an extremely detailed and comprehensive assessment of the potential impacts and this will include studies covering such issues as traffic and highways; archaeology; ecology and nature conservation; flood risk; hydrology and hydrogeology; landscape and visual effects; noise; and air quality.

Residents have a right to expect that when the recovery of minerals takes place, extraction should not give rise to significant adverse impacts on the local community and the environment, and it should make enhancements to biodiversity on the land when the recovery is complete. The applicants are committed to this approach. Both CEMEX and Farley Estate have a good track record of restoration, conservation and environmental management.

Exhibitions Boards

If you were unable to make the exhibition, here is an opportunity to look at the panels to view the proposed development.  Please click on the link below.

Display Board 1

Display Board 2

Display Board 3

Display Board 4

Display Board 5

Exhibition Pamphlet