Proposals to create a new clay quarry near Arnold and extend a current site in Papplewick have been revealed.
The sites were identified in the latest Draft Nottinghamshire Minerals Plan consultation document which was shared with members of Nottinghamshire County Council‘s Communities and Place Committee yesterday.
The plan recommends an extension to several existing quarry sites – including the Bestwood II quarry site on Nottingham Road in Papplewick.
It also proposes that three new clay quarries could be established in the county. One of these sites would be based on Woodborough Lane, near Arnold.
The new proposals, which are designed to guide the future of minerals extraction in Nottinghamshire up to 2036, have been developed by the council in its capacity as the Minerals Planning Authority.
The plan has taken account of minerals sales data covering the latest 10 year period as a basis for future provision in Nottinghamshire.
For sand and gravel this now means providing for 1.7 million tonnes per annum compared to 2.6 million tonnes when older sales data was used. As a result, fewer sand and gravel quarries are being proposed than was previously the case. A small number of sites for extraction of Sherwood Sandstone, brick clay and gypsum are also proposed.
Councillor Phil Rostance, vice-chair of the Communities and Place Committee said: “We have listened carefully to the needs of industry and the concerns of local residents to help us create a Minerals Plan document to guide the future development of mineral planning in our county.
“We will now share our proposals with local communities and the quarry industry to gather feedback, which will help shape the final Minerals Plan document. Further consultation and an Independent Examination will follow. Any site allocations identified in the Minerals Local Plan would still require a detailed planning application to be submitted and approved before any work could commence.
“Our aim is to make sure that our county can provide a steady and adequate supply of minerals over the plan period to 2036 by allocating the right number of quarries in the correct locations to meet established local demand for materials.”
The Minerals Local Plan is a statutory document, which all Minerals Planning Authorities, like Nottinghamshire County Council, are legally required to produce.