SH July 20 Newsletter final - Page 19

Quarrying of rock has taken place at Banavie Quarry near Fort William since around 1930 and the site is
currently operated by Breedon Northern Ltd. Banavie stone has been used for decades in the local area,
often specified for its distinctive colouring. The quarry has supplied ballast for rail track maintenance
throughout the West Highland area and is the only local supply with the requisite technical properties. It also
produces ready-mix concrete products.
Permission was granted at Banavie Quarry in March 2004 for an extension which allowed for the continued
extraction and processing of hard rock aggregates as well as final restoration of the quarry. It was
anticipated that during the early stages of the consent, restoration operations would commence on the upper
headwall and sidewall faces. This early restoration was thought to offer significant landscape and visual
benefits. However, the recommended technique of hydro mulching of the upper headwall and sidewalls was
largely unsuccessful, predominantly due to the gradient of these faces.
Stephenson Halliday were commissioned in 2019 to redesign the working and restoration scheme and
prepare an application which would enable early restoration of the upper faces of the quarry.
Stephenson Halliday prepared the planning application drawings and supporting documents and project
managed a team of consultants in the production of a proportionate Environmental Impact Assessment
which was established through a robust Scoping Report.
A Liaison Group was set up as part of the extant permission which allowed the quarry operators to undertake
discussions with the local community. In addition, Stephenson Halliday organised a community consultation
event for residents to discuss the application proposals in more detail. Concerns were taken on board and the
proposal was amended prior to submission.
Stephenson Halliday’s Landscape Architects worked closely with Breedon to
prepare a progressive restoration scheme which would establish and mature
as the mineral deposit is worked to mitigate visual impact in the early stages.
The proposal will extend the quarry by approximately 3.65 hectares, allowing
the continuation of quarry operations until 2043. Additional mineral yields of 1.6
million tonnes were identified.
The proposed extension will safeguard direct employment in the quarry and
indirect employment in support services and transportation at current levels for
the extended period of quarry operations.
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