Concerns over Denton quarry plan voiced at meeting in Grantham

Members of the Gorse Lane Action Group have been campaigning since the plans for the quarry were announced.
Members of the Gorse Lane Action Group have been campaigning since the plans for the quarry were announced.

Members of the development control committee at South Kesteven District Council were asked to consider the application and raise any concerns before the plan is determined by the county council.

Applicant Mick George Ltd wants to extract limstone from an area of more than 100 hectares next to Gorse Lane.

Councillor Charmaine Morgan said the committee should support Denton Parish Council which opposes the plan.

Coun Morgan said: “This is a particularly valuable rural landscape and is visible from Barrowby. I have discussed this with a farmer at Croxton Kerrial and he says it takes a significant amount of time for landfill land to get back to where it can be farmed because there is an amount of sinkage and you have to wait for that to settle.”

She also said she was concerned the quarry would significantly increase traffic along Gorse Lane with two schools in the area and a caravan site, all of which would be affected by HGVs in the area.

The committee was told that permission to quarry the land may already be in place. Officers say that if the plan is refused, the applicant could fall back on the “more extensive and environmentally damaging historic permission”.

Coun Ian Stokes said he wanted clarification that the historic permission still existed. He said he was “very worried” about it.

Members of the committee agreed the district council should write to the county council identifying these concerns. Planning officers also recommended that concerns over landscape and proximity to important buildings should also be raised.

They say the proposed quarry is too close to Hill Top Farm in Croxton Kerrial. The farm includes a Grade II listed farmhouse and a number of listed barns converted into homes.

Residents in Denton, Harlaxton and Croxton Kerrial have formed the Gorse Lane Action Group (GOLAG) which vehemently opposed the plan.