Villagers’ fear over Wolston quarry plans

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An 85-hectare quarry has been approved to be built on land between Ryton-on-Dunsmore and Wolston next to the A45, despite pleas from objectors.

Objectors fear the development, approved by Warwickshire County Council on Tuesday, will lead to increased heavy traffic, pollution, dust and damage Ryton Gardens, which will be sited yards away, on the opposite side of Wolston Lane.

The quarry would also be less than a third of a mile away from Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve.

The quarry would extract 900,000 tonnes of sand and gravel before restoring the land to agricultural and wet woodland by 2019.

The parish councils of Wolston, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Church Lawford and Brandon and Bretford have objected to the plans on multiple grounds, as have Ryton Organic, who have said the plans would impact visiter numbers, effecting their business and six others based on the site.

They, parish councils, and Cllr Heather Timms have also described the quarry as contrary to the Local Minerals Plan, and all have claimed there are other, more suitable sites across Warwickshire ideal for quarrying.