Permission sought to extend sand and gravel pit
PLANNING has been sought to extend an existing sand and gravel pit at Coffins Lane, Tomriland, Annamoe.
The applicant, Andrew Fox, is the legal owner of the site, including a legal right of way along the existing access road.
Extraction and processing of sand and gravel has taken place at the registered quarry after being granted ten year permission through another planning application. The lifetime of that planning permission is drawing to a close, so new planning permission is now being sought for further extraction.
The application seeks a proposed extension to the sand and gravel pit for the extraction of sand and gravel, at a maximum rate of 100,000 tonnes per annum, using hydraulic excavators within a total extraction area of 5.9 ha which includes 2 hectares of unworked area within the exiting pit and a proposed extension of 3.9 hectares to the north of the existing pit area.
Processing will be carried out using the existing screening and washing plant together with all existing site infrastructure including site access, haul roads, settlement lagoons, office/canteen and truck wheel wash.
A new wastewater treatment plant and soil polishing filter and toilets are proposed. The proposed development also includes landscaping, screening berms and on completion of extraction restoration of the site to a mixture of woodland and agricultural use. The planning application is accompanied by an Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR).
A decision is due by October 11.