En­vi­ron­men­tal agency ob­jects to fur­ther min­ing at quarry

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THE En­vi­ron­ment Agency has ob­jected to plans to con­tinue min­eral ex­trac­tion.

An Re­newal of Min­eral Pro­cure­ment (ROMP) ap­pli­ca­tion has been lodged with Cheshire East Coun­cil to con­tinue quar­ry­ing at Cro­ker Farm, Sut­ton.

Plan­ning per­mis­sion for quar­ry­ing sil­ica stone, used in road con­struc­tion, was granted in at the site in 1952 and has to re­newed spo­rad­i­cally un­der the En­vi­ron­ment Act 1995.

In a doc­u­ment sent to Cheshire East coun­cil, the Brooks Echo­log­i­cal group, com­mis­sioned by the Min­eral Plan­ning Group to carry out an ap­praisal said: “The site for the most part com­prises low value land and quar­ry­ing has the po­ten­tial even­tu­ally to lead to net pos­i­tive ef­fects.”

The ap­praisal added there were two ponds within the bound­aries of the site, one of which was dry and the other showed no signs of be­ing in­hab­ited by the en­dan­gered Great Crested Newt af­ter tests were con­ducted.

How­ever the En­vi­ron­ment Agency has ob­jected to the ap­pli­ca­tion.

In their ob­jec­tion the agency said the ap­pli­ca­tion did not ad­e­quately de­fine the depth and method of quar­ry­ing.

They also said the sur­vey of lo­cal wa­ter fea­tures was in­suf­fi­cient.

In a let­ter to Cheshire East Coun­cil an En­vi­ron­ment Agency Plan­ning Ad­viser said: “There is in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to demon­strate the con­di­tions would not have an un­ac­cept­able im­pact on lo­cal wa­ter re­sources and na­ture con­ser­va­tion, or that such im­pacts would be ad­e­quately mit­i­gated.

“With­out clear def­i­ni­tion of ex­ist­ing ground­wa­ter­levels, ge­o­log­i­cal struc­ture etc, the im­pact and scale of this de­vel­op­ment re­mains highly am­bigu­ous and po­ten­tially very sig­nif­i­cant.”

The Agency fur­ther ob­jected to the fact the depth lim­i­ta­tion wasn’t spec­i­fied.

The plan to re­store the quarry was also am­bigu­ous.

The re­port con­tin­ued: “Be­cause there is no in­for­ma­tion as to what the restora­tion will ac­tu­ally be we are un­able to as­cer­tain if the restora­tion would not have an un­ac­cept­able im­pact on na­ture con­ser­va­tion.”

The Canal and River trust had no com­ment to make about the ap­pli­ca­tion.

No one from The Min­eral Plan­ning Group, who lodged the ROMP ap­pli­ca­tion, was avail­able to com­ment as the Mac­cles­field Ex­press went to press.

A de­ci­sion is ex­pected by Oc­to­ber 1.

●● Cro­ker Farm Quarry, Sut­ton

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