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Controversial quarry plans deferred again

Whitewall Quarry .Picture Richard Ponter 140536

Whitewall Quarry .Picture Richard Ponter 140536

Campaigners have spoken of their “disappointment” after learning that a controversial planning application has yet again been deferred.

North Yorkshire County Council’s Planning Committee was due to discuss the plans from W Clifford Watts for an asphalt plant at Whitewall Quarry, Norton, on Tuesday.

It is the latest in a succession of delays since October last year.

More than 160 letters of objection have so far been submitted against the plans from local residents, road users and the horse racing industry.

A group of residents formed in response to the application – “Norton Action Group” (NAG) – have also campaigned against the proposed development.

Cllr Luke Ives, Norton West Ward member for Ryedale District Council and member of NAG commented:

“I am disappointed that NYCC have yet again deferred the application. It is now nearly a year since the community became aware of the proposed development, and it has loomed large ever since. If the asphalt plant is passed, it will have profound consequences for the local community for decades to come. Norton Town Council and Ryedale District Council have both recommended the application for refusal, so I hope that the County Council will also see sense and relieve Malton and Norton of the anxiety that this application has caused – sooner rather than later.”

The next planning meeting is now September 2.

 

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