Quarry expansion approved despite fears of homes ‘covered in dust’

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Quarry expansion approved despite fears of homes ‘covered in dust’

Quarry expansion approved despite fears of homes ‘covered in dust’
2021-05-27 19:50:00
A Riplingham chalk quarry has been told its expansion should not see surroundings “covered in dust” as councillors heard the East Riding lacked powers to force changes on operations. East Riding Council's Planning Committee backed plans from Stoneledge to expand the quarry, off Westoby Lane, and to restore exhausted parts of it to nature. The applicant's agent Peter Hopkins told councillors they agreed to pay £3,500 towards local road improvements and was “content” to follow conditions designed to protect residents, roads and the environment. But James Richardson, who lives on Riplingham Road on the route used by quarry lorries, told the committee chalk dust was escaping into the atmosphere leaving “absolutely everything” covered. To get the Hull Live headlines to your inbox, click here. Committee chair Cllr David Tucker said the company needed to do more to stop the area being “covered in dust”. But councillors heard highways and other officers did not believe the impact was bad enough to push for changes further to those already in planning conditions. Stoneledge's plans would see the quarry expand in size by between 18 and 20 per cent. Councillors voted to defer the plans for talks between the company and officers on their details before they are formally approved. Cllr Richard Meredith, whose Dale ward covers the site, said he wanted the application refused. Find planning applications near you He added if it was backed he wanted conditions requiring a new rumble road at the site entrance to shake dirt loose, speed limits, mandatory wheel washing and solid covers. But councillors heard the East Riding did not have the power to make lorries use the wheel wash already on site and that only Humberside Police could require solid covers. They also heard current conditions and steps agreed by the quarry should help limit the problem. Watch to find out more about the planning system: Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Mr Hopkins said the site had supplied several housing and other developments and supported 37 jobs direct which could only be guaranteed by the expansion going ahead. The agent said: “The quarry has operated safely since the 1980s and within the bounds of its Environment Agency permit. “Aggregate from the site have been used in several important road schemes, including A63 upgrades, the Leven Bypass and Hedon Road improvements. Applicants Stoneledge have applied to expand their chalk quarry in Riplingham. (Image: Google) “The quarry is not extensively visible from public spaces and the extension will be equivalent to between 18 and 20 per cent of the current site area. “There is landscape restoration planned once the quarry's use has ceased, that's much better than the intensive arable farming that goes on in the area. “Stoneledge has invested in a road sweeper and has laid concrete and tarmac to create hard standing on the access road. “The application only received one public objection, it shows most of those living nearby are not strongly against it.” Mr Richardson, whose home is two miles away from the quarry, told councillors dust escaping from lorries was coating homes, cars and landscapes in a “white, grey film”. The resident said: “If you look at the route the lorries take, one side of the road will be white and the other side remains green. “The dust means windows need cleaning all the time, if I wash my car on a Sunday by Monday morning it's covered again. Plans showing how the Riplingham chalk quarry would expand. (Image: East Riding of Yorkshire Council planning portal) “I also have concerns for the safety of road users, part of their route is on the Beverley 20, a walking trail which runs from the Humber Bridge to Beverley Minster. “The lorries need to slow down, they're not breaking speed limits but if one of them had to stop the breaking distance would be considerable.” Cllr Richard Meredith, whose Dale ward covers the site, said: “The roads can become hazardous and dangerous, there's also the impact on residents' health from the particulates in the air. “The roads near to the quarry have been kept clear to date, call me a cynic but that may have something to do with the application currently before us, it shows t

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