GRAVEL FIRM IN BID TO MINE

...65 years af­ter plan­ning per­mis­sion was first granted

Caernarfon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Ery­lyl Crump

THE own­ers of a sand and gravel pit want to start ex­tract­ing min­er­als from the site 65 years af­ter plan­ning per­mis­sion was first granted.

Ellesmere Sand and Gravel Ltd have sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion to start op­er­a­tions at Cae Efa Lwyd Fawr, Peny­groes.

Per­mis­sion was ini­tially granted in December 1951 but the site has lain dor­mant since then.

Gwynedd Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee dis­cussed the pro­posal at a meet­ing in Pwll­heli on Novem­ber 27, af­ter a num­ber of ob­jec­tions were raised lo­cally.

A min­er­als re­view ap­pli­ca­tion was reg­is­tered with Gwynedd Coun­cil nearly four years ago to re­move sand and gravel from the seven-acre site on Ffordd Clynnog.

If the owner’s bid is suc­cess­ful, around 500,000 tonnes of ma­te­rial would be re­moved over a 17-year pe­riod.

A re­port to the com­mit­tee notes the pro­posal does not in­clude plans for the in­stal­la­tion of ma­chin­ery for the screen­ing, crush­ing or wash­ing of the ma­te­ri­als, and Cae Efa Lwyd Fawr will serve as a satel­lite to the Cefn Gra­ianog quarry, which is also in Peny­groes, and the re­moved ma­te­ri­als will be taken there for pro­cess­ing and sale.

The re­port rec­om­mends the com­mit­tee au­tho­rises the coun­cil’s se­nior man­ager of plan­ning, en­vi­ron­ment and pub­lic pro­tec­tion ser­vice to de­ter­mine whether the plan is given the go-ahead.

So far 14 lo­cal ob­jec­tions and two pe­ti­tions have been re­ceived as a re­sult of the con­sul­ta­tion.

The con­cerns in­cluded the scale of work­ing and the im­pact on the neigh­bour­hood. The lo­cals feel these make it im­pos­si­ble to re­al­is­ti­cally work the site in ac­cor­dance with ac­cept­able plan­ning con­di­tions.

Other is­sues in­cluded the loss of pri­vacy, noise and dust and the im­pact on lo­cal roads from trucks go­ing to and from the site.

Ob­jec­tors also fear the site could cause dam­age to wildlife habi­tats and have an im­pact on Glyn­l­li­fon SSSI (spe­cial site of sci­en­tific in­ter­est), which is close by. Llan­l­lyfni Com­mu­nity Coun­cil re­quested that plan­ning con­di­tions ad­dress the re­quire­ment for dust as­sess­ments, the im­pact on nearby res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties and im­pos­ing re­stric­tion on haulage move­ments dur­ing school hours.

The re­port notes the ap­pli­ca­tion is also the sub­ject of a call-in re­quest on the Welsh Gov­ern­ment and of­fi­cials would con­sider the com­mit­tee re­port and con­sult with their own ad­vi­sors prior to the Min­is­ter de­cid­ing if he will de­ter­mine the ap­pli­ca­tion or leave it with Gwynedd Coun­cil.

● The ap­pli­ca­tion was de­ferred and will be brought be­fore the plan­ning com­mit­tee at an­other date.

● A sign by the site op­pos­ing the mining

● The site in the vil­lage of Peny­groes

Above: T The site of the sand and gravel pit at Peny­groes. Left: Signs protest­ing against the pit plans, which it is feared could dam­age wildlife

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