Sibelco have now made an application for silica sand extraction at Rudheath Lodge Farm, Cranage (between Goostrey Lane and New Platt Lane).
Full details can be found on CEC planning page link: 16/4724W
“The sand extraction itself will take place at up to 300,000 tonnes per annum and last around 12 years – with a further 2 years to complete the restoration of the final sand extraction phases, the processing plant site and the access points.
Method of working
The soil removal to expose the underlying sand, soil screen construction around the edge of the site and sand extraction will progress broadly from the north-east part of the site in a clockwise direction (as shown on drawing number RL06) – together with concurrent progressive restoration. The soil screens will be seeded with grass at the first suitable opportunity following formation. The sand extraction will be carried out by dredging to an average depth of around 4.5 metres. Dredging involves a small electrically powered boat which is placed in a lake created when the underlying groundwater in the sand is exposed by removal of the overlying soil. The dredge will pump the sand from below the water level and move slowly around the site. After establishing the small settling ponds in the early phases, the dredge will be placed in the lake and sand will be pumped via a pipeline to the processing plant site to the north of New Platt Lane. Water from the process plant will be returned to the dredging lake by a second pipeline. The site has been divided into six main phases which will operate for about two years each. The sand extraction will not progress into further phases until required. Soil, hedgerows and trees will remain in place for as long as possible so that only small areas of the site are being developed at any one time. As sand extraction progresses, the site will be progressively restored by replacing soil onto the edge of the future mere or to form future agricultural land.” Non technical summary.