Quarry will be extended despite concerns

Brinscall Quarry
Brinscall Quarry
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Campaigners have failed in their bid to stop the extension of a village quarry.

Lancashire County Council’s development control committee gave the approval for the 1.85-hectare extension to Brinscall Quarry, on Twistmoor Lane, Withnell. on Thursday.

I’m very disappointed, we gave the members of the committee the opportunity to defer the application on the basis of a site of special scientific interest

Coun Margaret France

The plans, which were submitted by Armstrongs Aggregates Ltd, will 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.

Six people including residents and councillors spoke at the meeting raising concerns.

Coun Margaret France, who represents the Wheelton and Withnell ward on Chorley Council, said: “I’m very disappointed, we gave the members of the committee the opportunity to defer the application on the basis of a site of special scientific interest (SSSI).

“The report is expected to reach us by September and the SSSI could have impacted the decision.

“There is also no proven need for the stone, 20 percent will be building stone and the rest will be aggregate.

“There’s no need for any more aggregate.

“LCC could have deferred it on both both suggestions but now it is the residents of Abbey Village who will have to put up with it because of the heavy vehicles.”