Brinscall Quarry plan could get the green light

Brinscall Quarry
Brinscall Quarry

Campaigners are determined to keep fighting plans to extend a quarry - despite a recommendation to approve the scheme.

Lancashire County Council’s development control committee will decide on Thursday whether to allow a 1.85-hectare extension to Brinscall Quarry, on Twistmoor Lane, Withnell.

“We will certainly keep fighting it, but it is hard in the face of approval from the officers.”

Coun Margaret France

The planning application has been submitted by Armstrongs Aggregates Ltd and would allow for the removal of an additional 300,000 tonnes of gritstone block,approximately 1m tonnes of aggregate and 160,000 tonnes of interbedded shale/mudstone.

But some people living near the quarry have objected.

The council has received 234 letters so far, with concerns including noise, traffic, surface water run-off, the need for the stone and the impact on wildlife.

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle and Coun Margaret France are among those objecting.

Coun France, who represents Wheelton and Withnell, said: “It all hinges on whether or not the small amount of high-quality building stone that is going to be produced justifies making something like a million tones of aggregate, which is not needed in the area at the moment.”

Coun France will speak at tomorrow’s meeting to raise her concerns.

She added: “We will certainly keep fighting it, but it is hard in the face of approval from the officers.”

The recommendation that planning permission is granted suggests including conditions on hours of working, site operations, protection of water resources, noise and other issues.

Armstrongs Aggregates Ltd declined to comment.