Plans for the Sibelco sand quarry on land at Rudheath Lodge, New Platt Lane were approved today by Cheshire East’s strategic planning board. Cheshire West & Chester meet 21st June to discuss the application. (link: 17/3605W )
The site in Cranage and Allostock is 0.6km from the centre of Goostrey and residents had previously voiced concerns over air quality from resulting dust from the silica sand.
Stephen Topping, Tweeting for Knutsford Guardian:
Cllr Lesley Smetham, Con, says she has two quarries in her ward with no issues. “There is no reason to think that this site would be different.” Cllr Hilda Gaddum, Con, disagrees based on loss of agricultural land and impact on A50
Michael Hurley, from Sibelco, says ‘sand of the quality of [Rudheath Lodge Farm] is rare’. Says a local liaison group would be set up to meet residents in future.
Objector Gareth Woods calls on the board to refuse the
#Sibelco application as he claims it is a departure from the local plan, will impact on highways, have an adverse impact on residents’ amenity, and damage the character of the area.
Cllr Andrew Kolker is applauded by observing residents after urging the board to defer the Sibelco decision based on a ‘gargantuan’ effect on highways. Says the amount of lorry movements is equivalent to lorries lined up from Macclesfield to the Kremlin, and back again.