Questions from Lincolnshire County Council over Gorse Lane quarry near Denton
Campaigners against a proposed quarry and landfill site are celebrating after the county council asked the developer to provide further evidence on their plans.
In a letter to Mick George Ltd’s (MGL) planning manager John Gough, Lincolnshire County Council’s principal planning officer Marc Willis called for more information concerning the company’s application for a quarry and infill site on 84.6 hectares south of Denton.
It includes questions over mineral quality. Mr Willis states: “Although copies of the 2014 borehole logs are provided these logs were only taken around the perimeter.” He also asks for clarity on the recycling operation, groundwater monitoring, views from Belvoir Castle and impact on wildlife at The Drift, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
He adds: “The level of landfill proposed within the current application is far in excess of that which could be justified on restoration grounds alone and so I do not consider to be acceptable or compliant with both the current and emerging waste local plan policies given the county’s lack of identified need to create new landfill capacity.” MGL must provide extra information by November 27.
Gorse Lane Quarry Action Group (GOLAG) chairman Gaile McMillan said: “This is great news and a victory for common sense on the part of Lincolnshire County Council. They are asking all the right questions and clearly have serious misgivings on points we have expressed our own concerns over.
“We are absolutely determined to fight this proposed quarry and landfill which we are sure is both damaging and unnecessary.
“We are pleased that Lincolnshire County Council shares our concerns that MGL’s plans could seriously damage this historic landscape, interfere with the delicate water table and are utterly flawed.
“GOLAG is confident that the questions that LCC has raised cannot be explained away by the developer. Our own specialist, independent research has shown that the limestone in the area is of poor quality and isn’t needed in Lincolnshire, with other nearby quarries working at below capacity. The campaign goes on!”
GOLAG adds LCC’s response “blows a hole in the threat by MGL to fall back to existing ironstone consents for a much larger swathe of land”.
Jon Stump, MGL’s finance director, said: “Currently we are in the middle of the standard planning consultation process, the matters raised by the county council are straight forward and to a certain degree expected and we are complying with all requests for information received.
“We are aware that our scheme has raised concerns and that there is some local opposition but we have confidence in the statutory process and are continuing with the application and look forward to an early determination of the scheme.
“We maintain that our Gorse Lane scheme as submitted provides for a swifter conclusion with far less impact on local communities than if we simply pursued the implementation of the historic planning permissions, which already exist and cover a far wider geographical area and have a greater impact on the communities of Harlaxton and Denton.”