Stephenson Halliday has secured planning permission for the extension and restoration of Maes Mynan Quarry near Mold in Flintshire.
The sand and gravel quarry, operated by Breedon Group, urgently required a lateral extension to allow the company to continue to work the site at a time of high demand for their building products. The planning application included not only an extension of the area to be worked, but also an extension in time to 2023, amendments to the time limits for temporary operations on site, and the installation of static sand screening plant in the quarry void.
Stephenson Halliday undertook an EIA for the proposals, co-ordinating the ES and providing the landscape and visual impact assessment for the site, which is located close to the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB. The discovery of great crested newts in the quarry lagoon and the removal of an area of woodland to allow for the extension meant that this was a challenging site ecologically. We worked closely with Flintshire County Council, Natural Resources Wales and our ecologists to overcome these issues, providing appropriate mitigation where necessary.
The application was approved unanimously by planning committee last week.