A joint application has been submitted by landowners Northumberland Estates and potential future operator North East Concrete Ltd to quarry materials for use in the construction industry from a site to the south of Alnwick.
The proposed site on farmland near Newton on the Moor lies close to a former quarry which has since been used for landfill purposes and then reclaimed as farmland. Site traffic will use the old haul road to the landfill site which is accessed from the A1. No traffic will go through any local village.
It is thought that the new quarry could have a 25 year life span and provide much needed minerals for use locally in projects such as road building, dualling the A1 and construction as well as creating local employment.
All the usual environmental reports have been conducted and the plans propose progressive restoration of the site to limit any visual impact, with tree planting carried out from the start of the project to screen the site.
North East Concrete Limited is a family owned business with a long history of sensitive operation of quarries in Northumberland, including currently at Wooperton, and an excellent track record in restoration of sites most notably at Hedgeley and Caistron. Should planning permission be granted, they would operate the quarry supported by Northumberland Estates as landowner.
Due to Covid 19 restrictions it has not been possible to hold a public exhibition. However, local residents, local Parish Councils and other interested parties have been informed of the proposal and consultation with them remains ongoing.
Full details of the proposal can be downloaded here while anyone requiring further information should contact Nick Beale at Wardell Armstrong by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or Barry Spall at Northumberland Estates by email to email@example.com