Scratchmill Scar Quarry obtains Planning Permission

We are delighted with Cumbria County Council’s decision to approve two planning applications for the continued extraction at Scratchmill Scar Quarry, located north of Penrith in Cumbria.

In September 2015, Stephenson Halliday submitted planning applications to for the continued extraction of Lazonby Red Sandstone from Scratchmill Scar Quarry. Through close liaison with the planning authority, our client and our sub-consultants issues relating to reptiles, noise generation, blasting practices and need were addressed quickly and effectively by the Stephenson Halliday team.

Within their Committee Report, Cumbria County Council concluded that:

“The continued operation of the site would ensure a sustainable approach to mineral working by enabling a high quality mineral resource to be worked to its full potential, instead of being sterilised. It would also enable the quarry to continue to supply this high quality product to the local market, the need for which has been demonstrated. This would safeguard direct employment at the site and help contribute more broadly to the local economy. The proposals would also provide for an improved restoration and aftercare scheme by ensuring that the site would be progressively restored to lowland heathland which would significantly enhance local biodiversity and compliment the habitats of the nationally significant SSSIs in the vicinity of the site.”

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