Thu 22 Oct 2015

Housing could be built on former Reigate sand quarry

UP TO £40,000 is to be spent on a study on how disused land in Reigate could be developed for housing and a nature reserve.

Lavender Sandpit, a former sand quarry, has been disused and fenced off for several years.

The land, to the west of Cockshot Hill, is overgrown and sometimes used by bike course instructors and the occasional camper.

Now Reigate and Banstead Borough Council is considering bringing the three- hectare site back into use with a housing development.

At a meeting of the authority's executive committee, councillors agreed to hire a consultant to carry out a feasibility study to look at the possibility of a "small residential development" on a third of the site, with the creation of a nature reserve on the rest of the plot.

A report to committee members stated: "If initial studies are encouraging, a planning application will be submitted and the funds from the sale of that part of the site for residential development will finance the creation of footpaths, green open space/a nature reserve on the remainder of the site and the two management plans for ecological management and nature conservation."

The £40,000 study will look at contamination and the existence of reptiles, invertebrate, great crested newts, bats and trees.

A speed survey will also be carried out on Cockshot Hill.

SOURCE: Surrey Mirror

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