Quarry Extension Approved at Appeal

The Planning Inspectorate has allowed an Appeal and granted planning permission for a four hectare extension of a limestone quarry in Lincolnshire.

The quarry is an established supplier of aggregates to local markets and had been in operation for over 50 years. Throughout its lifetime it had been progressively extended however permitted reserves were nearing exhaustion and the operator had secured adjacent, mineral bearing land in order to further extend the site.

Despite only one objection being received, the planning application was refused on the basis that Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) considered there to a sufficient landbank of limestone aggregate within the County and accordingly there was no justification for the release of further reserves.

Hughes Craven Ltd. appealed the decision on the basis that LCC’s aggregate reserve figures were demonstrably out of date and that there was a proven need for the development, which would help safeguard a number of jobs. A hearing and site visit took place in March 2019, at which the Inspector considered evidence from both parties, including a Joint Statement setting out the Council’s and the Appellant’s updated appraisal of the County’s reserve position.

In reaching his decision the Inspector concluded that there was a proven need for the development that could not be met from existing sites or sources, and the benefits to the local economy, including the co-location of an aggregate recycling facility, would outweigh any limited harm. Hughes Craven Ltd. are currently working with the operator and LCC to discharge pre-commencement conditions.