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Whitewall Quarry’s site visit offer for plan objectors
LOCAL residents and town councillors are being invited to visit Whitewall Quarry in Norton following concerns over plans to expand the site.
W Clifford Watts Ltd has applied for planning permission to install an asphalt production plant at the quarry on the outskirts of the town.
However, people living in Welham Road and Whitewall have voiced concerns that the expansion would lead to an increase in pollution and lorry movements.
A meeting between David Watts, a director of the company, and members of Norton Town Council, was held last Friday.
Town mayor Coun Ray King said it had come to light that further information had been submitted to the planning authority without the council’s knowledge.
“Because of this Norton Town Council is now to approach North Yorkshire County Council to request further time for public consultation to take place,” he said.
“A visit to the quarry is to be arranged for the local residents and councillors to discuss their concerns.”
More than 50 letters of objection have been submitted regarding the planning permission.
Objectors say the plans would lead to an increase of 21 lorry movements a day in a residential area and a long-term change in operating hours to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Mr Watts said after the meeting with Norton Town Council he was keen to set up a meeting.
He said: “I would like the local people who have concerns about the plans to meet at the quarry so they can look at the site and get a feel for what we do there.
“By doing this I hope to address the issues that have been raised.”
Mr Watts said he had made an offer to speak to anyone about the application but was yet to have a response.
“A lot of people rely on the quarry for employment and as well as taking on more staff we will also need people from the area for construction and maintenance for the site,” he said.
“I am hoping we can set up a meeting in the next couple of weeks to explain what we are doing and ease people’s concerns.”
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