Stephenson Halliday has submitted a planning application for the extension and restoration of Maes Mynan Quarry to Flintshire County Council.
Our client Breedon Aggregates commissioned us to provide EIA, planning and landscape services for the proposal. We assembled and managed a bespoke team of specialist consultants to undertake environmental assessment work for the scheme. We have taken the project from pre-application with the local planning authority, through the Scoping process, to preparation of the EIA and submission of the planning application last week.
The key challenges at the site related to the clearance of woodland on the extension area and the associated impacts on protected species. Additional assessment work was required in relation to badgers, dormice and reptiles which, together with the detailed mitigation and enhancement proposals for the site, demonstrate that the proposal is acceptable.
Our landscape architects worked closely with our client and our ecologist to develop restoration proposals for the site that are achievable and result in a scheme which assimilates with the surrounding landscape – particularly important given the site’s proximity to the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB.
We undertook a full landscape and visual impact assessment for the proposal, supported by visualisations. We also provided detailed existing and proposed phasing plans for the scheme.