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Tirpentwys Quarry access road

Just under two hectares of ancient woodland is under threat of loss from a quarry access road near Pontypool in Torfaen.

Back in 2016, over 3,000 Trust supporters helped us convince council planners to refuse this road building plan. However, the applicant, Peakman Ltd, has appealed the decision and the application will now be decided at a public inquiry beginning on 15 January 2019.

The proposal would involve the construction of a 1km access road through a large ancient woodland complex known as Craig Major/Craig Sion Siencyn that runs parallel to the A472, resulting in 1.8 hectares of loss of ancient woodland. We understand that this access road is seen as the best access option to the quarry, however ancient woodland is never an appropriate place for development.

If you would like to read the proposals in more detail, you can do so here. We have submitted a strong objection, which can be read here.

If anyone local would like to attend the inquiry it will be held at Blaenavon Workmen’s Hall, High Street, Blaenavon, Pontypool, and will be starting from 10am on 15 January.