Wolston quarry plans to go on show

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PLANS for a new sand and gravel quarry development at Wolston Fields Farm, Wolston, between Coventry and Rugby, are going on show at a public exhibition on Monday, January 30.

Developer Smiths Concrete is staging the exhibition at the Wolston Leisure and Community Centre, Manor Estate, Wolston from 2pm until 7.30pm. The company is preparing to submit a planning application to Warwickshire County Council to extract 990,000 tonnes of sand and gravel from the 90 hectare site at a rate of around 170,000 tonnes a year.

The material will be transported by road to Smiths Concrete’s existing processing plant at Bubbenhall about three miles away for washing and grading. It will be used predominantly in the company’s construction products – ready-mixed concrete, mortars and screeds. Mineral working and restoration will be undertaken progressively to ensure the operational area is kept to a minimum. The land will be restored mainly to agriculture using imported inert materials, but also wetland habitats.

Mark Page, land and planning manager for Smiths Concrete, said: “It is important that local people are aware of, and fully understand, our proposals before we submit a planning application. I hope as many people as possible take the chance to come and see the plans and let us have their comments.”

The application will include a full environmental impact assessment covering issues ranging from dust, noise and visual impact through to hydrology, ecology and landscape, along with measures for mitigation.

The sand and gravel extracted from the site will be used for construction projects in Warwickshire, from houses, offices, schools and shops to road repairs and water treatment.