Plans for the Sibelco sand quarry on land at Rudheath Lodge, New Platt Lane were approved today by Cheshire West & Chester. The proposal had previously been approved on April 4th by Cheshire East’s strategic planning board. (new info from the Environment Agency wasn’t discussed at the meeting but if the EA change their original ‘no objection’ then it will be referred back to planning).
Cheshire East are to meet again to review the new documents but it seems doubtful that they are allowed to alter their original vote.
and 17/03104/MIN Cheshire West and Chester)
Amongst others Goostrey’s Cllr Ken Morris spoke against the application over concerns about fugitive silica dust as well as pointing out that the stated Condition by Jodrell Bank Observatory for the site to not exceed the ITU threshold cannot possibly be enforced. Especially when Sibelco say the site already exceeds it (before driver’s mobiles etc). JBO have been given a draft scheme by Sibelco and will have to sign off on it before plans can go ahead.
In regard to water levels of nearby New Platt Mere dropping; CWaC stated that work would stop if water levels dropped to a certain level, and only resume once they had risen again.