Quarry plans will ‘upset whole village’

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VILLAGERS have resumed their battle with a landfill firm over controversial quarry site plans.

Ruttle Plant Hire wants to fill Little Quarry, in Whittle-le-Woods, near Chorley, with 48,000 tonnes of soil to help meet stability requirements.

The Ackhurst Road-based firm submitted the plans to Lancashire County Council after concerns were raised in a report over the stability.

Residents say they are prepared to oppose the plans over traffic and the sheer amount of dirt generated by the lorries.

Posters, which have been paid for by Whittle-le-Woods Parish Council, have been distributed in the village.

Councillors and home owners have previously spoken out about similar developments at the site dating back to 2007.

When granted outline planning permission in 2013 to build up to 85 houses on the site, a requirement was that the slopes in the area must be stable.

A further report submitted by Geotechincal on behalf of Ruttle with the latest application has revealed even greater risks over developing the site.

Amongst the findings in the report is one of the slopes is affected by a failed sandstone block at its crest.

It also says further effects are potential over-saturation of the quarry backfill and over-steepening of the slope.

Coun Eric Bell, ward councillor for the area and chairman of Whittle-le-Woods parish council, said: “I don’t know who has decided that 48,000 tonnes of soil will improve it.

“This development will upset the whole village and it will cause havoc.”

A date is yet to be decided as to when the full application will appear on Lancashire County Council’s development control committee meeting.

However, a report will be presented on Wednesday, October 14, recommending a site visit.

Ruttle Plant Hire were unavailble for comment.