Quarry plans on agenda

Whitewall Quarry .Picture Richard Ponter 140536

Whitewall Quarry .Picture Richard Ponter 140536

A planning application which will have “profound consequences” on Norton for decades to come goes before Ryedale District Council next week.

Members of the authority’s planning committee are being asked for their views on controversial plans from W Clifford Watts which wants to build an asphalt plant at Whitewall Quarry.

The final decision will by made by North Yorkshire County Council on Tuesday March 25.

But Ryedale’s councillors will have the chance to influence the decision by making a recommendation to their counterparts at County Hall, Northallerton, at their meeting on Tuesday evening.

Cllr Luke Ives, who made a request for the application to be heard, said: “The proposed Asphalt Plant will have profound consequences for the local community for decades to come – hence the reason why I was so eager that it goes before the democratically elected district councillors.

“I really hope as many residents as possible turnout to the meeting to show the level of concern in the community. If it is passed there is no going back, so this is our opportunity to stop it now.”

More than 100 letters of objection have been sent in to North Yorkshire County Council by local residents, vulnerable highway users and the horse racing industry.

In addition, Norton Action Group, a campaign group made up of residents, submitted a 70 page document arguing the case for refusal.

John Howard, a member of Norton Action Group, said: “Even at this late stage there are still a number of planning issues that remain to be resolved.

“These include: compliance with noise regulations, emission of air pollutants and traffic controls through the Malton Air Quality Management Area. These issues must first be clarified as they could have considerable consequences for the local community.”

Liz Johnson, a fellow member, added: “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. I urge the District Planning Committee to recommend the application for refusal.”

l The planning application will be heard at Ryedale House on Tuesday at 6pm.




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