View across the Rainham site

Rainham Lodge Farm

Our proposal is to work and restore the land in phases and process the material at Rainham Quarry.

Rainham Lodge Farm

Our proposal is to work and restore the land in phases and process the material at Rainham Quarry.

Introducing our proposal

Rainham Lodge Farm is a 50-hectare site located to the west of Berwick Pond Road and east of the River Ingrebourne. The planning application boundary is indicated in red (although not all of this area would be quarried – the ‘extractive area’ would be well within this boundary).

Location of Rainham Lodge Farm
Final restoration

The development would involve the quarrying of around two million tonnes of sand and gravel at a rate of about 150,000 tonnes per year. This is typical for a small sand and gravel quarry of this kind. That means quarrying would take place over a period of around 15 to 20 years including the time taken to fully restore the land.

Quarry activities would take place over a series of phases to minimise the area of land that is exposed at any one time and allow for progressive restoration (i.e. restoring quarried land as we go). This approach also enables public access along the existing public footpath that crosses the site for the longest time possible. This footpath would be temporarily diverted around the site for a period before being reinstated during the restoration phase. Additional paths to the river embankment are proposed to enhance the local footpath network, along with new river crossing to Hornchurch Country Park.

We have designed the proposal to align with national and local planning policy, mitigating or minimising any potential impacts through a series of comprehensive environmental assessments which will form part of our planning application. These are covered in our section on Environmental Considerations.

A yellow excavator moving soil

Site Preparation

Once a new site access has been established onto Berwick Pond Road, the first work would be the creation of new habitats to allow any translocation of species identified in the ecological assessment. This would be undertaken under the guidance of ecological consultant, outside of any breeding season for the species in question.

When this is completed successfully, soils known as ‘overburden’ would be removed from the first phase area to reveal the mineral beneath. All soil removal, handling and storage operations would be carried out in the most appropriate season and accordance with the Institute of Quarrying’s Good Practice Guide for Handling Soils in Mineral Workings which is based on Government guidelines.

Soil removal would be undertaken only during concentrated periods of a few weeks (as opposed to constantly throughout the year). Soils would only be moved when they are dry and friable (crumbly) in order to ensure that soil structure is retained. The soils would be moved to form temporary landscaped ‘bunds’ around the perimeter of each extraction area to help screen activities from view and to reduce the chance of noise leaving the site. When required these soils are then reused in the restoration of the worked land after each phase.

A JCB digger excavating material from a site

Extraction & Transportation

Once the soils are removed from a particular phase of the site, the sand and gravel would then be extracted with an excavator over a number of phases in sequence. The material would be loaded onto lorries from a central stockpile for transportation to our processing plant around 1.5 miles away at Rainham Quarry (just off Launders Lane).

These vehicles will pass over a weighbridge and through a wheel wash before joining Berwick Pond Road for the short journey to the processing plant where the material is washed and screened into different sizes, producing a range of aggregates to meet specific construction standards.

Because quarrying at Rainham Lodge Farm will replace mineral extraction at East Hall Farm, there will be no overall increase in lorry movements on local roads. Routing of these vehicles has been specifically designed to maintain traffic flow and minimise the impact on other road users. For more information relating to the environmental assessment for transport refer to the section Environmental Considerations.

A person recieving paperwork from a Brett lorry driver

Operating Hours

We are applying to operate the site during the following operating hours:

  • Monday to Friday – 0700 hours to 1800 hours
  • Saturday – 0700 hours to 1300 hours
  • No operations on Sundays or bank holidays

These are the maximum operating hours we are proposing but it does not necessarily mean that work on site would take place continuously during these times; there will inevitably be busier and quieter times in a typical week.

View across the Rainham site

Restoration

Each phase of the proposed quarried area would be progressively restored, returning the site to its original land level and use as agricultural land. This would be achieved using imported ‘inert’ soils and clays to backfill areas after the sand and gravel has been removed. These inert materials are carefully sourced from construction projects in the area and typically include the kind of material arising when foundations are dug or from tunnelling work. This is the same approach that is being applied to East Hall Farm where land is being successfully restored to agriculture.

For further details of our award-winning approach to quarry restoration and proposals for the restoration at Rainham Lodge Farm click here.

Map showing the planned extension

East Hall Farm, Wennington

Separate to our proposals for Rainham Lodge Farm we have made a planning application for a small extension to East Hall Farm, the final phase of quarrying at the site. The proposed extension area is a field of around 2 hectares that adjoins the existing site, close to the junction of New Road (A1306) and Launders Lane.

The current planning permission for East Hall Farm (reference P0271.14) allows sand and gravel to be extracted in phases (typically field-by-field) with progressive restoration of the whole site back to agricultural use by 2026. The proposed extension and restoration would also be completed within this timescale.

The ‘as dug’ sand and gravel from East Hall Farm is currently transported to our existing Rainham Quarry for washing and grading. Rainham Quarry is about a mile away along Launders Lane and the same transport arrangement is proposed for the new extension. Please contact us if you would like more detail about our planning application at East Hall Farm, or have questions about any of our activities and proposals.