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Burton Mail: CEMEX submits application for quarry extension by Derbyshire village

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CEMEX has submitted plans to extend Willington Quarry by 50 acres to extract more than one million tonnes of sand and gravel.

The Willington site covers nearly 200 acres of land, and the proposed works would allegedly produce enough minerals to build between 2 750 and 5 188 homes. There are around one million tonnes of minerals left at the site, meaning existing resources will be exhausted in approximately three years. The current planning permission expires in September 2023, and if approved, the extension could lead to six full-time jobs being safeguarded at the quarry.

CEMEX says the extension would plough £11.7 million a year into the local economy, totalling around £35 million over the duration of the scheme.

The extension would be hoped to provide social benefits and support to the construction industry as well as the creation of other products such as concrete.

CEMEX says: “The county has forecasted an increase in economic development over the coming years. Existing quarries are already operating at, or are close to, full capacity.

“The continued operation of Willington Quarry during this period of increased economic development would ensure that it continues to be able to respond to market demand and avoid the need to open a new quarry or import significantly more sand and gravel into the county from elsewhere.

“The quarry restoration process is undertaken progressively, and large areas of the quarry have already been restored and the habitat is in the process of maturing.

“The biodiversity benefits of the restoration scheme are already therefore coming to fruition and will continue to increase as progressive restoration advances and the habitat within restored areas matures.”

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