Council backs mineral extraction

Plans to continue extracting minerals from land at Longham have been backed by Breckland councillors. Members voted in favour of the application by Tarmac, which wants to carry on extracting sand and gravel from Bittering Quarry for a further two and a half years.

Plans to continue extracting minerals from land at Longham have been backed by Breckland councillors.

Members voted in favour of the application by Tarmac, which wants to carry on extracting sand and gravel from Bittering Quarry for a further two and a half years. It also plans to extend the extraction area to include 26ha of land at Spreadoak.

Councillors backed the application subject to conditions, which include council officers' recommend-ations that all activities should comply with existing noise levels and observe specific hours of operation.

Measures should also be taken to minimise dust nuisance and blown sand caused by the operations, including spraying the road surfaces, plant area and stockpiles.

There should also be no external lighting installed on the land unless developers prove it will not cause glare beyond the site boundaries.

The application will now be determined by Norfolk County Council.

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