D-day delayed for Wolston quarry plan

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The decision to grant permission to a quarry between Wolston and Ryton has been delayed to allow councillors to visit the site.

The controversial 85-hectare quarry would be sited opposite Ryton Gardens and would also be a third of a mile away from Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve.

Warwickshire County Council had informed the Advertiser the plans were approved last week following the recommendations of officers, but it’s now understood the decision has been deferred until July.

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.

However, 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. She said: “The proposal will cause additional noise, dust and traffic pollution not just for the villages of Ryton and Wolston, but also the wider area.

“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 county council’s regulatory committee next meets on Tuesday July 16.

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