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Extend quarry

Angus Maciver Ltd, of Rigs Road, Stornoway, has applied for planning permission to extend the Loch Leiniscal Quarry on Lochs Road.

The company is looking to obtain planning permission for 31 years, with the identified rock reserve being extracted over 30 years and a further year required to restore the 5.68-hectare site.
The proposal is to extract and propose 600,000 tonnes of hard rock at an average production rate of 20,000 tonnes per annum over 30 years.

The quarry extension means increasing the existing excavation area by some 1.74 hectares.

Angus Maciver Ltd was granted planning permission for the quarry in December 2004. Consent was granted for just over 32 years, expiring in March 2037.

According to their application, a significant proportion of consented reserve has now been extracted, and it is estimated that the remaining life of the quarry is in the region of five years. However, as the hard rock quarry is a key component within Angus Maciver Ltd’s business and is in demand locally, the company wishes to extend the excavation area and duration of operations at Loch Leiniscal.

According to supporting information submitted by the applicant, the quarry’s location is considered unlikely to have any significant amenity impact.

“Accordingly, the assessment of impacts focuses largely on potential environmental impacts, which have been identified as being: the potential impact on the water environment (hydrology, hydrogeology and surface water run-off); the potential for impact on Groundwater Dependent Terrestrial Ecosystems; and the potential impact on peat,” states the applicant’s consultants, Dalgleish Associates.

They contend that no other potentially significant environmental or amenity impacts have been identified.

“Impacts in relation to the other aspects, such as landscape and visual, ecology, noise, dust, blast vibration, archaeology and transportation, are likely to be of little or no significance and, where required, are already adequately controlled by planning conditions or other legislation,” their report adds.

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