CASEBOOK: Appeal Cases; Mineral Development - Quarry time extension rejected due to impact

An attempt to secure a five-year extension of stone extraction from a green belt quarry in West Yorkshire has been turned down because of the environmental impact of the development.

The appellant wished to continue working the quarry for the production of stone flags and import fill material for restoration purposes. The council asserted that the site had been subject to complaints and enforcement notices had been served regarding breaches of conditions. It also pointed to problems associated with mud and debris on the road and obstruction to a footpath.

The inspector noted that restoration work which had taken place was not to a high standard and found a degree of long-term dereliction at the site entrance. The plans showing the depth of working and restoration were inadequate to assess the true impact of the scheme and accordingly it would be inappropriate to sanction continuation of the use, he ruled.

DCS No: 35050810; Inspector: Keith Durrant; Written representations.

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