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Worksop: Quarry wants more time to excavate

Lafarge has applied for planning permission to extend its operations at Carlton Forest Quarry until 2020.

Lafarge has applied for planning permission to extend its operations at Carlton Forest Quarry until 2020.

Quarrying could be extended until 2016 at Carlton Forest Quarry if the council approves plans submitted by Lafarge Tarmac LTD.

Quarrying could be extended until 2016 at Carlton Forest Quarry if the council approves plans submitted by Lafarge Tarmac LTD.

Excavation of sand from the 18 square hectare site, just off Blyth Road, is currently suspended, pending an extension of planning conditions.

As well as extending the excavation period, the company wants the go-ahead to infill and landscape the area, a process which could continue until 2020.

In its application to Notts County Council, Lafarge said there was still 70,000 tonnes of sandstone to be quarried from the site.

Based on previous amounts, it expects to quarry 20,000 tonnes of sand per year, resulting in eight lorry movements a day in and out of the site over three to four years.

A public consultation period is now underway, after which Notts County Council’s planning committee will make a decision.

The Worksop Guardian spoke to nearby businesses who said the quarry had not affected them in the past. Some were not even aware it was there.

Notts Wildlife Trust raised concerns in 2012 about potential impact on local habitat and populations of woodlark and nightjar.

Lafarge has carried out a breeding birds survey which concludes it is ‘unlikely’ either species would be affected.

 

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