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Posted December 2012
The quarry’s current planning permission covers an area of 200 hectares, of which between 65 and 75 hectares is operational. Much of the remainder has already been restored in a progressive cycle that returns it with minimal delay to agricultural use or to nature.
We first looked at the options to extend our sand and gravel reserves in 2007 and have been consulting the local community for the past two years, during which the plans have been refined in response to comment. The main changes to the plans are:
- A significant reduction in both the area and working depth of the western extension
- No quarrying north of the road between Robiesland and the power station - and no re-routing of the road
- Introduction of a 200m stand-off from the Falls of Clyde Nature Reserve
- Reduction of the quarrying footprint within the buffer zone from 22 hectares to 17 hectares
- Reduction in the mineral to be extracted in the buffer zone from 3.7 to 2.6 million tonnes, so reducing the project life by two years
The planning application we submitted to South Lanarkshire Council in November 2012 seeks to extract a further five million tonnes of sand and gravel to add to the already permitted five million tonnes. Extraction and progressive restoration would run hand-in-hand for 18 years, with a further two years then needed to complete the restoration.
The proposals involve a phased sequence of extraction linked to landscape enhancement and restoration. They do not involve any increase in output, which currently has a permitted ceiling of 650,000 tonnes a year. The plans involve extending the quarry in two directions - to the south and west of the existing site. The latter extension includes land that lies within the buffer zone around New Lanark.
If approval is given, we would not seek to apply for any further extensions to the site.
Gavin Mennie is our Estates & Development Manager and is responsible for this project.
You can contact him and make comments here.