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Two councillors nominated to fight Denbigh Quarry 25-year extension

Denbighshire County Council

DENBIGHSHIRE’S planning committee has nominated two councillors to fight the council’s case in a planning appeal, following the authority refusing permission for a controversial limestone quarry.

Breedon Southern Ltd applied for planning permission to extend Denbigh Quarry on its western side, effectively extending the quarry’s life for another 25 years.

The extension would see an additional 4.4 million tonnes of saleable minerals released.

The quarry, also known as Graig Quarry on Graig Road, has permission to extract reserve until 31 August 2028.

But last December the new application was considered at Denbighshire’s planning committee meeting when councillors indicated they opposed the plans, despite planning officers recommending at the time that the council should back the proposals.

Before this meeting, 284 residents objected to the planning application.

But the Welsh Government stepped in with a holding order so they can assess the application, and the final decision will be made by government ministers.

At a meeting this week, the planning committee nominated councillors Mark Young and Delyth Jones to fight the case.

Cllr Delyth Jones initially nominated Cllr Merfyn Parry, but he declined the offer due to his workload.

But Cllr Arwel Roberts then nominated planning committee chairman Cllr Mark Young, and this was seconded by Cllr Elfed Williams. Cllr Young asked if Cllr Jones was happy with the ‘dream-team approach’, and it was agreed.

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