The proposal for extracting sand and gravel from land in Scruton Parish covers 190 hectares and with possible [?] reserves of 6.5-8.0 mt is significantly the largest of the thirteen speculative submissions. It is put forward by a group of local farmers rather than an experienced mineral extraction company. Comparison with the maps provided for the other 23 sand and gravel sites reveals the following….
3.1 Scruton is one of only two sites where existing houses and gardens are shown as completely surrounded [other than access] by proposed extraction. Two such properties are designated. The only similar instance is a single dwelling on the speculative proposal at Metes Lane, Scarborough.
3.2 Scruton is one of only six sites where existing residences are shown as covered by the proposed extraction. It is inferred that these properties would have to be demolished. It is one of the only two sites where three properties are so designated. No sites are shown with more than three.
3.3 Scruton has more-eight-residences which would have extraction carried out on two or three sides of their curtilages or are bordering on the boundary of the proposed extraction. No other proposal has more than 1-2 such dwellings except possibly Kirkby Fleetham Hall and Metes Lane. [Details for these two sites cannot be clearly delineated from the maps.]
There is also the general consideration that the proposal is so large, so close to the village and in a relatively populated area that it would alter and diminish the quality of life for all who live in the Parish. Indeed if approved it would be the most significant attack on Scruton since the ravages of Robert the Bruce in the summer of 1322. Already, occupants of threatened properties have formed a defence group. As more people become aware of the magnitude of the threat, the uproar will increase.