Quarry review looks set to get the green light

Blaxter Quarry at Elsdon
Blaxter Quarry at Elsdon

A review of operations at a Northumberland quarry, which has been the source of complaints from nearby residents, looks set to be approved.

The Review of Old Minerals Permissions application by Blaxter Quarry, near Elsdon, is recommended for approval at next Tuesday’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s planning and environment committee.

The Environment Act 1995 gave authorities the power to review the conditions attached to minerals planning permissions every 15 years to ensure that the planning conditions are kept up to date and reflect up-to-date working and restoration practices.

However, this application received 19 objection letters from residents as well as an objection from Elsdon Parish Council, mainly relating to the depth of extraction at the quarry and safeguarding groundwater.

The application originally went before the committee in February, but it was deferred for a site visit, as members were told that further investigation was needed due to new evidence.

Now, the planning officer has recommended approval subject to the completion of a section 106 agreement in relation to the off-site water mitigation scheme.