Plans to extend quarry site raises fears over HGV traffic and dust pollution

Opposition has been lodged at plans to extend a quarry mining site close to a number of Doncaster communities.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 2:48 pm
Entrance to Holme Hall Quarry near Stainton

Breedon Southern Ltd have proposed a northerly extension of the quarry at 31.6ha in size to include mineral extraction, in-pit primary processing and transfer of minerals to the plant site north of Holme Hall Quarry, Holme Hall Lane near Stainton.

Proposals also include creation of peripheral screen mounds, advance planting and progressive restoration of workings.

Several DMBC and Edlington town councillors have objected to the quarry extension as well as a number of residents living close to the site.

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They raised issues around an increase in traffic, safety to pedestrians through an increase in HGVs and dust pollution.

The applicant has stated in documents that the existing road network can accommodate the increase in vehicular trips and the impact would be ‘negligible’.

Bosses at Breedon Southern have also said ‘appropriate mitigation measures’ are proposed in order to minimise any impact that could be caused in terms of dust and dirt.

These include no overloading of HGVs, sheeting/covering of any materials in transit, ensuring all HGV’s pass through a wheel wash before leaving the site; and monitoring of dust and dirt levels at the site entrance and public highway in the vicinity of the site entrance.

Deputy mayor and Balby councillor Glyn Jones was one of the elected representatives objecting to the plans.

He said: “I object to the proposed development for the following reasons.

“The extension of quarrying will generate more heavy traffic onto the roads of Old and New Edlington, Warmsworth & Balby. Specifically B6376 Edlington Lane and the A630 High Road/ Warmsworth Road through Warmsworth and Balby.

“The residents of Edlington note the noise and dust associated with this type of development would be extremely menacing, still recovering from the environmental impact and consequences of coal mining.”

In a joint statement, Edlington Town Council members Rob Reid and Keri Anderson said: “Residents complain on a regular basis around HGVs dropping limestone chippings onto the road, travelling in excess of 30mph and the sheer amount of traffic is already at breaking point at the busiest times of day.

“This includes residents of Hilltop and Old Edlington as well as staff and pupils of Sir Thomas Academy feeling the ground shake at blasting times.

“Razor wire surrounds this quarry which we object to as well. Local wildlife and birds during the nesting season are being impacted by this practice.”

The proposals are likely to be heard at a planning committee meeting later in the year.

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