Residents to fight sand quarry

Rudheath Lodge Farm EIA screening opinion request.

A group of residents are putting forward an argument against the possibility of a sand quarry between Goostrey Lane and New Platt Lane, Cranage.  They have asked LoveGoostrey to publish the letter below and hope that you will contact CEC to object.  However we would like to stress that as yet this is not an application (they have to assess the impact on the environment first) so you cannot comment through CEC’s website.  A different reference number would be used should it become an application.  We will add a page under Planning Applications on LoveGoostrey to keep you updated with any developments.

“The aim of Environmental Impact Assessment is to protect the environment by ensuring that a local planning authority when deciding whether to grant planning permission for a project, which is likely to have significant effects on the environment, does so in the full knowledge of the likely significant effects, and takes this into account in the decision making process…….to ensure that the public are given early and effective opportunities to participate in the decision making procedures.”

Dear Neighbour 

I can now confirm that Sibelco, the mineral extraction company, have registered a planning application with Cheshire East Council in relation to the grounds within Rudheath Lodge Farm, Knutsford Road, Cranage.

The application has been allocated reference number 15/2390S

We are not prepared to allow this application for development to ruin our environment. Please do everything that you possibly can to help us to prevent this application from being approved.

The description of the application reads as follows:

“Environmental Impact Assessment request for proposed industrial sand development, together with landscaping, processing plant, associated works and progressive restoration” 

Apparently the plan is for the excavation to take place over a period approximated to be 10 years at the conclusion of which the area may* be turned into a large lake, as has been common practice with this type of activity.

  • 10 years of dust – Silica sand is carcinogenic
  • 10 years of noise – Noisy driers utilised to dry the mineral
  • 10 years of traffic issues – both heavy lorries and diggers with reversing beepers

The entrance to the site is planned to be off the A50 near to the driveway for Woodside Golf Club with excavated sand then removed from the site at the New Platt Lane end of the fields. 

I urge you to please e mail as soon as possible and simply state your objection to planning application 15/2390S initially on the grounds of loss of outlook, loss of privacy, noise and disturbance arising from the plant, hazardous materials, highway safety issues, traffic generation, vehicular access and nature conservation. 

*Please note that we are currently reviewing the circumstances relating to Moneystone Quarry in Staffordshire where Sibelco have previously failed to restore a site once quarrying has been exhausted. 

A repeat of that type of scenario should be a real concern to all local residents and businesses alike. Please refer to

If you would like to register your e mail address with us then please do so and we will be happy to keep you updated:

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    Looks like the Dingle Bank Quarry ceases quarrying next year. Wonder whether its Sibelco’s plan to move their operation to Goostrey?

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    Whilst I have no wish to see the Goostrey Lane / New Platt Lane site used for commercial quarrying purposes, this may be a case of “be careful what you wish for”.

    In the current planning climate the discussion on commercial use of this site will, no doubt, have alerted residential developers to the fact that the land-owners may be prepared to sell.

    The possibility exists that if the site is not used commercially then a Planning Application for several hundred houses on the site may follow.

    The choice may therefore be ten years of quarrying with return to an amenity for the benefit of residents or a permanent residential development. If it came down to a choice I know which I would vote for.

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      No this is unlikely to happen, the site is listed in the Local Plan as a ‘Mineral reserve’ and hence is protected from housing development until it has been quarried. Silica Sand is too valuable. Cheshire supplies 25% of the UK resources. Dingle Bank Quarry has been operating for nearly 80 years. Looks like this is ceasing quarrying next year. The site on Goostrey Lane is as large and maybe quarries for over a similar time period. There is nothing to stop Sibelco then selling the site onto developers when the site is exhausted.

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    The posters on the Goostrey parish notice boards have been removed as the incorrect site plan detailed on the same may cause unnecessary concern to goostrey residents in particular those on New Platt Lane

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    Dear Mr Bennett,

    I have read your email and feel obliged to respond. As you are aware, the parish councils of Goostrey, Allostock and Cranage should have had sight of Sibelco’s scoping request by now and you will note that the site plan, which is apparently drawn to scale, clearly shows that the proposed extraction limit of the development is a very short distance from residences on New Platt Lane. Further, the location of the site, which was included for identification purposes only, is based on an OS map and official copies of the title register from the Land Registry and is, therefore, unlikely to be as inaccurate as you maintain.

    The size, characteristics and environmental impact of Sibelco’s proposed development falls within schedule 1 of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011 for which an environmental impact assessment is mandatory. ( See paragraph 1.7 of the scoping request ). Just to put this into context, many similar campaigns across the UK have been forced to challenge council decisions that a proposed development, including many from the mineral extraction industries, does not merit such an assessment.

    I should point out that concerned residents from Goostrey, having first acquainted themselves with the facts, were responsible for putting up the leaflets on the notice boards: evidently motivated bythe threat of an extractive industry on their doorstep, rather than a leaflet.

    In any event, I would be grateful, if you could return the leaflets, undamaged, to residentsagainstthe quarry.
    Thank you.

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