Heatons are pleased to have secured planning permission, on behalf of Aggregate Industries for the extraction of 6.3 million tonnes of crushed rock and restoration of the existing and proposed quarry extension with 14 million m3 of imported inert waste at Croft Quarry, Leicestershire.
In terms of the importation of inert waste, a waste needs assessment set out the wider, strategic need for the development and demonstrated an increase in inert waste to be generated from large infrastructure projects in London and the South East of England over the next 20 years. It was successfully argued that Croft Quarry, located in the centre of the country with existing suitable rail infrastructure is ideally placed for receiving soils and spoils arising from construction activities in London via rail.
With the help of ESP, it was demonstrated that the quarry, once restored, will deliver substantial environmental improvements including landscape enhancement, habitat creation, recreational areas and scientific legacy. In the intervening period it will deliver a substantial quantity of a high quality national recognised resource, supporting local jobs and the economy.