Durham County Council encourages developers to consult those affected by certain planning applications before applications are submitted in order that developers themselves can take into account peoples’ views. Where such consultations are notified to the Parish Council such consultation details will be provided here.
Planning Proposals for Cornforth and Thrislington Quarries
Tarmac have been undertaking local consultations about proposals regarding the Cornforth and Thrislington Quarries which lie outside the boundaries of Coxhoe Parish. No publicity was given by the Company in Coxhoe. Councillor Stuart Dunn did attend an Exhibition and the Parish Wishes to share information it has subsequently received. Tarmac have provided the following information on the public consultation which they recently launched on their planning proposals to secure the longer term future of Tarmac’s quarries at Cornforth and Thrislington:
Over 70 local residents, including parish, town and county councillors, took time to visit their public exhibition held on 9 November last at West Cornforth Community Centre. They feel it was an excellent opportunity for their project team to engage with their neighbours. Also it allowed them to explain that although Tarmac already has planning permissions for quarrying our Thrislington site, the Company wants to change the scheme over part of the quarry, east of the A1M, to enable continued extraction of construction grade limestone while retaining the chemical grade limestone that is of a quality for industrial uses.
Cornforth Quarry also has planning permission but has been dormant for several years. The company intends to apply for new modern planning conditions supported by the results of an Environmental Impact Assessment. Their strategy for the future sees them working Thrislington East area over the next five years followed by a move over to Cornforth Quarry.
Visitors to the exhibition raised a number of questions on topics of importance to the local community, including the proximity of workings to Cornforth, suggestions on re-phasing the proposed developments, and highways / rights of way matters.
Tarmac have advised that they will carefully review all the feedback they receive and consider while finalising their detailed plans. They have a team of in-house and external experts who are preparing planning applications and associated environmental impact assessments, which they aim to submit to Durham County Council by Easter next year.
A summary of the display panels that Tarmac previously exhibited can be seen on the Company website via this link. Larger scale plans than those above, and a palan handed out at the exhibition, can be found via these links;
Tarmac have advised that the area identified in pink stripes on phasing plans are indeed not to be worked (they are currently protected via a planning agreement) and as such there will be now new workings closer to Coxhoe.
If you have any queries please contact Councillor Stuart Dunn, who visited the exhibition and may be able to assist.