Revised plan submitted for controversial quarry
By Brian Redhead
QUARRY company Tarmac has submitted a revised planning application for sand
and gravel extraction at a controversial site in North Yorkshire.
Local campaigners, concerned about the potential effect on archaeological
remains, are opposing the plans for land at Ladybridge Farm, near the
Thornborough henges ancient monument site between Bedale and Ripon.
Tarmac believed the development would safeguard the livelihoods of workers
and hauliers at the nearby Nosterfield quarry, where supplies will soon be
The company's first application for Ladybridge was rejected by
county councillors in February, but Tarmac has now submitted a new
application which eliminates a contentious area of the site.
It reduces the proposed area of extraction from 45 to 31 hectares
and avoids the south western section of Ladybridge to address concerns
raised in February by the county council and English Heritage about its
Tarmac estates manager Bob Nicholson said: ''We believe this revised
application serves to demonstrate that we understand the concerns of the
community, the county council and English Heritage.''