Quarry and landfill tip plan for countryside site near Denton is recommended for refusal

View from Gorse Lane of the site. EMN-151016-143941001
View from Gorse Lane of the site. EMN-151016-143941001

Plans to create a huge quarry and landfill tip in countryside to the south of Denton have been dealt a blow.

Lincolnshire County Council’s planning officers are recommending that councillors reject the proposals for a quarry and infill site on about 84.6 hectares of land at Gorse Lane, south of Denton, when they meet on Monday.

Gorse Lane Quarry Action Group were out in force to protest against the plans. EMN-151203-172552001

Gorse Lane Quarry Action Group were out in force to protest against the plans. EMN-151203-172552001

The plan has been submitted by construction industry supplier Mick George Ltd and are to be considered by the county’s planning and regulation committee on October 3 at a meeting at the Meres Leisure Centre, in Trent Road, Grantham.

The plan was submitted two years ago and has generated huge protests from residents in Denton, Harlaxton and Croxton Kerrial, who formed the Gorse Lane Action Group (GOLAG) to stop the quarry going ahead.

Campaigners fear that if the quarry is created the surrounding countryside will be harmed and the area will be plagued by heavy lorries, dust, and noise.

But in a report to the planning committee, officers say there is no need for the extra limestone that Mick George plans to extract from the quarry.

The report states: “Given the level of existing permitted limestone reserves there is therefore no proven or quantitative need to justify the release of additional reserves and so the development is contrary to the Lincolnshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan (2016).

It adds: “This proposal would result in the creation of a new landfill site which is not considered necessary to meet predicted capacity gaps for waste arisings within the county.

“There is a recognised surplus of landfill void space capacity available to meet future requirements and therefore this development would provide an unnecessary over supply of landfill capacity.”

Officers also say that the quarry would be contrary to the objectives of policies and plans that seek to protect heritage assets from harmful development.

GOLAG chairperson Gaile McMillan said: “The recommendation to refuse is most welcome.

“But there is still the meeting to go and there will not be any celebrations until we see this application finally dealt with.”