Quarry extension backed to maintain supplies

The Welsh government has allowed the extension of a quarry in the Pembrokeshire Coast national park, finding it necessary to maintain an adequate supply of building materials.

Permitted reserves at the quarry were due to run out within two years. The operator claimed that the quarry would close unless the 11-hectare extension was approved. He claimed that the nearest source of similar materials was in Hereford, involving round trips of more than 200 miles.

The government agreed with the inspector that no one source of supply could readily replace the quarry's output. Its closure would deprive the park of natural building materials and harm the local economy, it found.

Inspector: Anthony Vaughan; Inquiry

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