The application to expand Whitewall Quarry will now go before North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) on March 25, it has emerged.
The Mercury understands the authority has decided to defer its decision on the plans by W Clifford Watts Ltd which wants to build an Asphalt Production Plant at its site in Norton.
It follows more than 80 letters of objection from residents, road users and the horse racing industry as well as an eight page document from Norton Action Group (NAG) which questions several aspects of the application, including noise, emissions, and traffic volume, among other issues.
Liz Johnson, of NAG, said: “Quite simply, the proposed development is in an unsuitable location. It will markedly increase traffic in our already congested towns, it will emit harmful emissions into our local environment, and cause an unacceptable noise impact for local residents.”
Ryedale Cllr Luke Ives said he has requested that the Planning Committee of Ryedale District Council submit a consultation response to NYCC at its March 11 meeting. “The proposed Asphalt Plant will have profound consequences for the local community for decades to come, so it is really important that the locally elected councillors have their say on the Application,” he said.