TARMAC Ltd have secured a planning consent to extract a further 10 million tonnes of limestone at Stowfield Quarry in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.
The consent, which has been awarded subject to a legal agreement by Gloucestershire County Council, will provide the company with an extension to the north of the existing site and on land to the east between Stowfield Quarry and nearby Rogers Quarry.
The extension will extend the life of the quarry by a further 25 years until 2035. Tarmac have given up their right to extract part of Rogers Quarry, a designated site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), as part of the planning application.
Stowfield Quarry, which has been operational for 50 years and typically supplies asphalt and around 750,000 tonnes of limestone aggregate per year, was identified as a key quarry in Gloucestershire County Council’s Local Mineral Strategy.
Nick Atkins, Tarmac’s estates manager west region, said: ‘This was a unanimous decision from Council members which reflects the importance of the site to the regional economy and the excellent close working relationship we have developed with local stakeholders through our Liaison Group.’