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Planning permission for Mansfield Sand

Green light for new silica sand quarry at Two Oaks Farm between Mansfield and Kirkby in Ashfield

MANSFIELD Sand, the family-owned company which has been quarrying sand in the Mansfield area for more than 100 years, have received planning permission for a new silica sand quarry on land between Mansfield and Kirkby in Ashfield, to replace their existing Ratcher Hill Quarry which has nearly run out of sand.

The decision was made by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Planning and Licensing Committee and the planning permission includes more than 60 conditions designed to control all aspects of the design, operation and restoration of the new site, which will be known as Two Oaks Farm Quarry.

Jon Boulton, managing director of Mansfield Sand, said: ‘We are delighted that the Planning and Licensing Committee has agreed to grant planning permission for our proposed new quarry at Two Oaks Farm.

‘Mansfield Sand currently directly employ more than 65 local people and indirectly support many more local suppliers and subcontractors. The replacement quarry will protect these jobs – which in today’s economic climate is as important as job creation.’

Mansfield Sand say investment in the new quarry will include more efficient processing plants designed to reduce the company’s carbon footprint.

The company has also agreed to a comprehensive scheme of screening bunds and tree and shrub planting, to complement the existing hedgerows and landscape, and to ensure the quarry remains a discreet operation.

Quarry restoration will take place throughout the life of the site and will be designed to encourage and support a wide range of wildlife and biodiversity. Some of the existing farmland will be landscaped to provide a valuable heathland corridor connecting Thieves Wood to Coxmoor, and around half of the original area will be returned to agriculture.

Mr Boulton added: ‘We look forward to setting up a liaison group at the earliest opportunity, so we can establish and develop regular contact with local residents and other interested individuals and organizations. A visitor centre and nature trail for school children is also on our agenda, to help create a new era of education and working relationships between the quarry and our local community.’

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