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On behalf of Ellesmere Sand & Gravel Company Limited, Pleydell Smithyman have been successful in securing a Review of Old Mineral Permission (ROMP) for the extraction of around 320,000 tonnes of sand and gravel and Planning Permission for an alternative access at Penygroes Quarry in North Wales.
The Quarry is currently 'dormant' and new planning conditions had to be determined through the ROMP process prior to the resumption of operations. The ROMP Application was originally registered by Gwynedd Council in April 2014 but given the proximity of local dwellings, further environmental information and an alternative solution had been requested by the Mineral Planning Authority in order to allow the determination of that application.
Following detailed negotiation with Gwynedd Council it was agreed that an alternative access provided a more preferable environmental solution on the recommencement of operation, with transportation movements and any associated noise being moved further away from residential receptors. The Alternative Scheme will also result in shortening the development period to around 4 years, as opposed to 8 years that would occur under the ROMP Scheme.
The project incorporated Pleydell Smithyman Limited's ecology, landscape, design and planning staff alongside external input from Vibrock on noise and air quality impact, with support from The Hurlstone Partnership on highway matters. Planning condition details were negotiated in advance of planning committee on 27th November to ensure that local and political interest in the site would not see the refusal of the alternative scheme. The proposals were deferred further to local community pressure but the choice to approve the Alternative Scheme was ratified at Planning Committee on 18th December.