Rudheath Lodge Sand Quarry – What’s happening now?

Five years ago, Sibelco registered a planning application to make a sand quarry on Rudheath Lodge in Cranage. After the initial application there were numerous back-and-forth meetings as local residents registered over 1000 objections to the quarry. However, last year the application was finally approved by Cheshire East Council, and work began. A year on, we decided to take a look at what progress has been made and when the quarry might be operational.

We went over to the site take a look at what you can actually see at the quarry site now, and what effect this might be having. The site is certainly taking shape with operations across both sides of the road.

The most recent community liaison meeting regarding the Rudheath Lodge quarry was on 21st July, a report of which can be found in the minutes for the Goostrey Parish Council Meeting on 28th July. This report states that sand extraction began in the area on 13th July with Sibelco employing a ‘phased approach to the scale up of quarry operations’. It states that ‘current activities are on a small scale (10-20 loads dispatched each day), Sibelco predict the quarry will be fully operational by late September. The number of lorry movements is expected to be 65/day when they are fully operational.’

The initial planning application for the quarry stated that the site would be used for ‘the extraction of approximately 3.3 million tonnes of silica sand over a 12 year period’, once the quarry is up and running properly.

After complaints submitted in May due to the movement of an HGV along New Platt Lane, Sibelco launched investigations and are ‘reviewing lorry manoeuvring activities at the site’. As a result of these complaints, the Parish Council is suggesting that Sibelco creates an easier way for residents to stay up to date on the quarry and its associated activities. They suggested doing so by sending a newsletter which could be included in the Parish magazine for all residents to have access to. They have created a new way in which residents can raise issues or complaints through the local parish council clerk which allows all interested parties to see any progress made. This process can be seen in more detail on the minutes from the July meeting.

The Parish Council have brought their next meeting forward to 6th October in order to ensure that any issues with the quarry can be discussed swiftly once the quarry is fully operational.

Have you been impacted by the arrival of the quarry – let us know how. 

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Sand Quarry approved by Cheshire West

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.

Sand Quarry 8th Jan
Decision date 8th Jan


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