Hills Quarry Products’ application for a sand and gravel quarry at the old airfield near Down Ampney has now been granted permission by Gloucestershire County Council.
The approval will ensure ongoing mineral supply to fuel continued economic stability and growth, both locally and nationally. Peter Andrew, Group Director, Hills Quarry Products said: “I am delighted that our detailed proposals, which include wide-ranging environmental considerations, have been approved and that Gloucestershire County Council has entrusted Hills with the management and restoration of this important historical site through the phased extraction of essential minerals. I am also very happy that this will provide ongoing employment opportunities and security within the business and for our suppliers.”
Full details of the application can be viewed and comments submitted on the Gloucestershire County Council website here using planning application reference number 21/0032/CWMAJM.
|Extract sand and gravel over approximately 13 years once initial site works are completed.
|Restoration will take circa 25 years starting when Phase 1 extraction is 50% complete.
|Overall life of the development is estimated to be 26.5 years.
|Area to be extracted including the plant site and silt lagoons is 178 hectares.
|Sand and gravel will be dug using a loading shovel and transported by field conveyors to the processing plant reducing noise, dust and use of fossil fuels
|Maintaining mineral activities in the area will secure around 50 jobs directly plus additional work to other local businesses.
|The restoration proposed will introduce a wide range of new habitats giving substantial gain to the wider environment.
|The archaeology and cultural heritage of the site have been considered including the history of the airfield.
|Flood storage capacity has been increased in the event of high rainfall.