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PROJECT SUCCESS -
Stephenson Halliday has played an integral role in the preparation, submission
and management of a planning application seeking permission on behalf of
Bathgate Silica Sand to extract 4.5 million tonnes of silica sand at Arclid Quarry.
Cheshire East Council Strategic Planning Board has resolved to grant planning
permission, subject to planning conditions and a s106 Legal Agreement.
The planning permission permits the extraction of approximately 550,000
tonnes of silica sand per annum for over 17 years, securing the long-term future
of the operation at Arclid Quarry. During this time, the integrated working and
restoration scheme will progressively create a visually attractive and biologically
diverse landscape across the entire 125-hectare site.
The consented Development Programme integrates fully with existing operations, meaning the supply of
nationally important silica sand will continue uninterrupted. The approach to working enables existing site
infrastructure to remain in use, alongside progressive working and restoration in an anti-clockwise direction.
This approach allows the immediate restoration of disturbed ground and minimises the requirement to
handle soils and overburden.
Stephenson Halliday coordinated the Environmental Impact Assessment process and the preparation of a
robust but proportionate Environmental Statement. This involved a public exhibition and stakeholder dialogue
prior to submission of the planning application. Following submission, Stephenson Halliday assisted with
ongoing public consultation and dialogue with consultees.
Councillors unequivocally supported the scheme for the continued extraction of the industrial mineral, which
is an essential raw material required for many everyday commodities.
Cheshire East Council’s resolution to approve the planning application was made approximately 10 months
after its submission. This timely decision was made despite Arclid Quarry being within the Jodrell Bank
Observatory World Heritage Site electromagnetic interference consultation zone and the requirement to
undertaken Habitats Regulations Assessment screening in accordance with the Conservation of Habitats and
Species Regulations 2017 (as amended).
The proposed adoption of a Landscape and Ecological Management Plan (LEMP) to deliver agreed
long-term Public Rights of Way, landscape and ecological improvements across the site assisted in reducing
the number of planning conditions imposed from 50 on the existing consent down to only 30. In doing so,
Stephenson Halliday successfully reduced over the long-term the Applicant’s obligation to submit further
information to the Mineral Planning Authority.