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Firm moves to crush 'quarry at £42.5m bypass' speculation
3:13pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
A MINERAL planning firm has moved to end speculation that a permanent deep quarry will be created to produce materials for a £42.5m bypass project.
Gary Hughes, of Hughes-Craven, said some residents in the Leeming Bar area had been alarmed after learning of a proposal to extract 400,000 tonnes of sands, gravels and clays to build embankments over the Wensleydale Railway for the A684 Bedale, Aiskew and Leeming Bar bypass.
Mr Hughes said he was set to submit an application to North Yorkshire County Council to create a shallow borrow pit on a sloping farm field, 850 metres north of Leeming Bar up to for two years.
He said the scheme, which it is hoped to launch in the spring and will create up to eight jobs, would mean 100 HGVs a day would travel 300 metres on public roads to and from the bypass site.
The alternative would see 20,000 lorry-loads of materials being brought through Bedale, Aiskew or Leeming from the nearest quarry was eight miles away.
Following the completion of extraction the 6.3-hectare borrow pit site would be landscaped to fit in with the surrounding area before being re-soiled and returned to a mixture of agricultural land and permanent grassland.
It is hoped the scheme will improve the agricultural potential of the site by levelling the field and surveys have revealed the works will have no significant ecological impact on the site which has insignificant archaeological features.
Mr Hughes said: “Subject to proper mitigation, it is believed that any short-term negative impacts associated with the proposals would be far outweighed by the beneficial ones and that the overall adverse cumulative effects resulting from the project are not considered to be significant.”
At an Aiskew and Leeming Bar Parish Council meeting this week, members agreed to support the application.
Leeming Bar councilor Anthony Wood said: “This scheme would appear to make absolute common sense and it’s almost too good to be true that the lorries will only be travelling 300 metres along public roads to deliver the materials.
“The parish council are quite sanguine about it and even the people who live close to it are supportive.”
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