Controversial plans to build quarry near Wolston and Ryton given the go ahead

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Controversial plans to build an 85-hectare quarry between Wolston and Ryton got the
go-ahead on Tuesday night.

The decision to grant permission had been previously delayed to allow councillors to visit the site.

The quarry will be sited opposite Ryton Gardens and will also be a third of a mile away from Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve.

Council officers have said conditions in the potential planning approval documents would protect local amenities and residents from any pollution or harm and that the site would be restored for agricultural use and wet woodland by 2019.

Richard Harkin, communications officer at Warwickshire County Council, said: “The planning application was approved subject to a legal agreement which will be drafted up.

“This tackles relative formalities such as routing of HGVs and also requires a liaison meeting with residents, the parish council and operators to address any concerns which parties might have. This is expected to take about a week.

“There is no further need to go back to committee, however. The officers concerned have been delegated power to progress the application.”

The parish councils of Wolston, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Church Lawford and Brandon and Bretford have objected to the plans on multiple grounds, as has Ryton Organic, which has said the plans would affect visitor numbers, harming its business and six others based on the site.

Cllr Heather Timms also objected to the plans on several grounds including additional noise, dust and traffic pollution not just for the villages of Ryton and Wolston, but also the wider area.

She had previously said: “Of particular concern is the impact on the adjacent Brandon Marsh and the Organic Gardens. This site is in the green belt and there will be a severe impact on the visual amenity for residents.”

The decision was made by the county council’s regulatory committee.