Watlington quarry extension plan approved

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A plan to expand a West Norfolk quarry and continue using it for another five years has been supported by councillors, just a few weeks before work at the site was scheduled to end.

The current permission to extract minerals from the site at Home Farm, Tottenhill Row, Watlington expires on August 1.

But members of the Norfolk County Council planning committee approved an application to extend that permission until 2020 during a meeting in Norwich last Friday.

They also supported a separate application to expand the site, which the company said would allow them to extract another 335,000 tonnes of material from the land.

The company says it will take around four years to extract the material.

Planning officers had recommended the applications were approved ahead of the meeting.

But opponents maintained the additional work would harm the area.

The Tottenhill parish council argued the need for the extra work had not been properly demonstrated by the applicant.

However, the neighbouring Watlington parish council indicated their support for the proposal.