30/05/2014

Planning Approval For 23.8ha Quarry Extension

Planning approval has been granted for a 23.8 hectare extension to Demesne Quarry in Glenarm.

The development, led by OMYA UK Ltd, is for a sideways extension of Demesne Quarry southwards into Tully Field. It will also restore Parishagh Quarry for agricultural uses to the original ground level.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan, who granted the planning approval said: "This approval will bring an economic boost for both Northern Ireland and Glenarm, securing jobs existing in the area for 25 years.

"The Ulster White Limestone extracted at this site is very limited in Northern Ireland. The current reserves the company has have almost been exhausted. This extension means that this important resource can continue to supply the Irish markets north and south, with a range of white limestone aggregates, sands and fillers.

"Whilst the development during extraction will be obvious from some parts of the Glenarm River valley, I believe that the restoration proposals for Parishagh Quarry and part of Demesne Quarry outweigh this. These will result in long term benefits that will visually improve the landscape through the re-establishment of the former landform, land cover and landscape character within these areas."

(IT)

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