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Calverton quarry gets 20-year extension so 1.5 million tonnes of sand can be extracted


A sandstone quarry near Calverton will be used for a further 20 years so about 1.5 million more tonnes of sand can be extracted.

Calverton Burntstump Quarry, on the A614, was first granted planning consent for sand and mineral extraction in 2001 and is operated by Tarmac.

However, extraction at the land has been “relatively low” in recent years, with between 30,000 and 40,000 tonnes of minerals processed a year.

And operations have been “known to be intermittent”, meaning the full amount of sand and other materials on the land is yet to be extracted on-site.

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Now Nottinghamshire County Council has granted plans for a further 20 years of operations on the site so the remaining 1.5 million tonnes can be processed.

The original planning consent for the land technically lapsed in January 2022 and Tarmac had previously lodged plans in December 2021 to extend its permission.

However, the plans were delayed while negotiations took place on the wider environmental impact of its proposals and to determine the long-term restoration of the land.

But during its meeting on Tuesday (July 18), the council’s planning and rights of way committee unanimously supported the two-decade extension.

It means extraction will be allowed to take place on the land until 2042 and the site must be restored by January 2043.

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Councillors questioned the length of time for the 20-year extension and were told this relates to the period requested at the time of the application first being submitted.

The meeting heard from Joel Marshall, a principal planning officer at the authority, who recommended the committee approve the plans.

He said: “The quarry is currently in phase three of five and the applicant has advised there are about 1.5 million tonnes of mineral remaining to be worked.

“No changes to the extraction area or the methods of working it are proposed.

“The revised restoration plan, which has been negotiated, has secured amendments to secure the biodiversity value of the site whilst maintaining a partial agricultural use at the centre.

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“There is a clear need to continue with mineral extraction at this site. It contributes to our seven-year landbank of Sherwood Sandstone.

“The current low production rate would need to increase to complete within the 20 years they are seeking, but this would be technically feasible.”

The site will continue to operate from 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday and from 7am until 1pm on Saturdays, with no work on Sundays or bank holidays.

However, access to the site will continue to be permitted until 4pm on Saturdays.

The committee unanimously supported the scheme, with all 10 members voting in favour of the plans.

During the discussion, Cllr Chris Barnfather (Con), who represents Newstead, said: “My division boundaries this site and I pass it on my way to County Hall most days.

“It presents no problems whatsoever locally, the visual impact of continuing extraction for another 20 years is extremely localised and it’s well-screened.

“It makes absolute sense otherwise the mineral will effectively be lost to us, so I fully support the proposal.”

Cllr Sam Smith (Con), who represents Newark East, added: “This application proves what appropriate use of the greenbelt is.

“I want to congratulate the officers on their negotiations, particularly around biodiversity net gain.

“When restoration is complete, that will increase by 38.95 per cent in habitat units and 61.65 per cent in hedgerow units.

“I think that’s a fantastic end result which will benefit Cllr Barnfather’s residents and all those who live there. I fully support the application.”

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