Watersplash Farm, Shepperton, Surrey

Watersplash Farm is a 31-hectare site, close to Staines and, as the name suggests, is a farm currently used for agricultural purposes, primarily market gardening.

CEMEX UK proposes to extract some 1.2 million tonnes from the site over a four year period with restoration of the entire site over a further two years. The sand and gravel extracted from the site will go into the construction of local homes, roads, schools, hospital and general construction.

The site has been allocated as a preferred area by Surrey County Council in the Surrey Minerals Plan 2011. This means that the council has looked at areas within the county that can provide us with the sand, gravel and aggregates that is needed by the community for development.

Surrey alone uses approximately 1 million tonnes of aggregates per annum. Sand and gravel from quarries in this area has gone into some vital local construction projects including King George VI reservoir, Ashford Water Treatment works, Terminal 5 Heathrow Airport and the M25 widening scheme.

At Watersplash Farm, it is estimated that approximately 300,000 tonnes of processed aggregates will be produced per annum. This is, of course, dependent upon demand but equates to an average of around 70 loads per day or 140 movements over the life of the development when imports of material for restoration purposes are taken into account.

It is proposed that, as well as excavating the land, there will be a temporary access road from Gaston Bridge Road, via a new spur off the existing roundabout. All traffic will enter and exit via this point and a main haul road will be constructed across the site.

Within the site a low level mobile processing plant will be erected to wash and grade the sand and gravel and a small bridge across the River Ash close to the plant to allow vehicles to move about the site. A site plan can be seen here

The proposed hours of operation are 07.00-19.00 Monday to Friday and 08.00-13.00 on Saturdays. There will be no workings on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

We are mindful of the impact that such operations has on the land and the communities and endeavour to minimise this impact, working with the regulatory bodies, community groups and local authorities.

Any land that is quarried is only ever borrowed - the minerals are extracted and the land restored back to nature. This often gives us an opportunity to provide perhaps, a nature reserve, leisure or community facilities. But it is a great opportunity to invest in a more biodiverse environment.

It is intended that Watersplash Farm will be returned to agricultural use with the return of the high grade soils that are stripped off prior to excavation. A nature conservation area will be created involving water meadows and reed-beds. There will be additional trees planted and recreation of a meander in the river, in line with historic records.

For the community, there will be greater access to the River Ash and the footpath will be reinstated and improved. A map of the restoration can be seen here

Contact Information

To make a comment or for further information please contact us at planninggb@cemex.com.


Submission of supplementary to planning application

In April 2014, we submitted a supplementary to our planning application and environmental statement seeking permission over a maximum period of six years for:

  • the proposed temporary diversion of public footpath 53 for the duration of the operations in conjunction with extraction of concreting aggregate from the Surrey Minerals Local Plan 2011 Preferred Area L
  • erection of a mineral processing plant and associated ancillary infrastructure
  • provision of a new access from the Gaston Bridge Road
  • restoration of the site to agriculture, flood meadows and reed-beds involving the importation of inert restoration materials on a site of some 28 hectares,

You can view sections of the supplementary submission as follows:

Volume 4 Supplementary Statement

Appendix 1: Copies of letters from Surrey CC

Appendix 2: Letter from Environment Agency to Surrey CC

Appendix 3 : Transport assessment part 1

Appendix 3: part 2.1

Appendix 3: part 2.2

Appendix 3.1: Arcady Road roundabout part 1

Appendix 3.1: Acrady Road rounfabout part 2

Appendix 4: Further information on air quality

Appendix 5: Response to ecological issues

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Appendix 6: Response on landscape and visual assessment issues

part 2.1

part 2.2

part 2.3

Appendix 7: Revised working scheme drawings

Part 1

Part 2

Appendix 8: Noise response

Appendix 9: Response to the Environment Agency

Appendix 10: Soil movements & handling scheme

Appendix 11: Standard operational procedure

Appendices 12 & 13: Revised site survey plan / statement on restoration liabilities

Display of modified proposals

We have updated our proposals following further consultation and would like to invite everyone who is interested to come along to a further display as follows:

The Holiday Inn, Felix Lane, Shepperton

Friday, 22nd March, 1 pm – 8 pm

Saturday 23rd March, 9 am – 1 pm

Members of our team will be on hand to explain and discuss the proposals which will also be available here on our website.

View display invitation leaflet

View press release

Application submitted

A planning application for this project was submitted to Surrey County Council in October 2012. You can view a Non-Technical Summary of the Environmental Statement here and can check the progress towards determining the application on the County Council's website here. If you would like to download a copy of the full application please email us to that effect via this form.