Mineral extraction proposals approved

Published Tuesday, 12th July 2016

A plan for mineral extraction at Clifton Quarry has been approved by WCC Planning and Regulatory Committee.

The County Council determined the County Matter planning application from Lafarge Tarmac Trading for the proposed minerals extraction of about 2.2 million tonnes of sand and gravel over the course of the next 11 years at the Planning and Regulatory Committee meeting on 12 July 2016.

This will be achieved by the phased extension to the existing sand and gravel quarry, provision of a new concrete batching plant, consolidation of existing sand and gravel extraction and progressive restoration to agriculture, nature conservation uses and lakes at the site in Clifton Arles Wood, Severn Stoke.

Operations at the extension will continue within the same operational hours as those at the existing quarry, which is between 7am and 7pm Mondays to Fridays, inclusive, and between the hours of 7am and 1pm on Saturdays, with no working on Sundays or Bank Holidays.

The maintenance of existing public rights of way and safety of walkers will be prioritised, and following the mineral extraction, the land will be restored to a mixture of agricultural land, a lake and wetland features.

The application is also accompanied by an Environmental Statement which addresses the following matters: landscape and visual impact, ecology, agricultural and soil resources, hydrology and hydrogeology, transport, cultural heritage, noise, air quality and cumulative impacts.

Cllr Rob Adams, Chair of the Planning & Regulatory Committee said: "We are pleased to approve this application, subject to a number of conditions as set out in the agenda papers. The committee is satisfied that the proposal will see minimal disruption to the area surrounding the existing quarry, including the amenities of local residents, and the adjacent Ashmoor Common  Site of Special Scientific Interest ( SSSI) and be of great benefit to Worcestershire's economy in supplying minerals to the construction industry. The mineral extraction activities will be temporary and land will be restored to a mix of agricultural, conservation and countryside leisure land, without resulting damage to the environment."

The full application and further details can be found at http://worcestershire.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?MId=1210&x=1&