Planning granted for Dorset quarry extension

Planning permission has been granted by Dorset County Council for the extension of an existing quarry to allow the operators to ensure the production of sands and gravel for another 10 years.

Clarkebond’s Transport Planning team provided advice in support of the planning application. The team’s technical work examined the traffic generation of the quarry proposal with a focus on HGV movements associated with the quarry operation. The suitability of HGV routes was examined as well as the existing quarry access arrangements. The impact of the quarry proposal on nearby communities was also considered with reference to lorry routes and the accident record.

"Whilst the National Planning Policy Framework recognises the importance of quarry operations to the UK Economy*,“ commented Clarkebond’s Transport Planning Director, David Knight, “the associated lorry movements were a significant consideration in the application process and the planning authority had to be satisfied about the traffic impact of this application.”

The technical work concluded that there would be no traffic impact as a result of the proposed development and that there was no traffic or highway reason why the proposed planning application could not be permitted. The highway authority, Dorset County Council agreed with these findings.

*Paragraph 142 of the National Planning Policy Framework 2012 states that ‘minerals are essential to support sustainable economic growth and our quality of life. It is therefore important that there is a sufficient supply of material....minerals are a finite natural resource and can only be worked where they are found.’