Sand Quarry approved

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 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.

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    This proposal is fundamentally WRONG and has to be stopped now! The environmental impact of quarrying on this scale is enormous – there is the short term impact on animal life, nature and the general public due to air contamination and noise. The long term impact of extracting huge amounts of sand is less defined but I’m sure the local water table will change and as a result agriculture will suffer. The other major issue is the impact on the local road system. The roads bordering the proposed quarry are already very busy- Holmes Chapel is really suffering as a result so what will the impact of large numbers of heavy lorries have? Coupled to this, when the M6 is slow due to traffic volume or accidents, people opt to come off and use the A50 – this causes chaos for road users plus motor cyclists, cyclists and pedestrians around Holmes Chapel already so what will he impact of large numbers of heavy lorries have?

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