Tynes Quarry in beauty spot on North Cornwall coast set to reopen
A QUARRY in an Area of Great Landscape Value and natural beauty on the coast of North Cornwall looks set to reopen.
Tynes Quarry, where planning permission expired about 18 months ago after being in business for more than a century, could be in action again soon if Cornwall's strategic planning committee gives it permission at its meeting at County Hall, Truro, tomorrow.
Cornish Stone Products Ltd has applied to Cornwall Council to continue quarrying at Tynes, which is on the coastal side of the B3314 road south of Delabole and in the parish of St Teath.
The family-owned business, based in the Newquay area, has also applied to create a green waste composting facility on the site together with a new access road and the building of a storage and maintenance building.
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However, the composting facility will not be open to the public but only to corporate users such as the council's civil engineering company Cormac, up to a maximum 2,500 tonnes a year.
Cornish Stone Products, which has owned the quarry for more than five years, has said it is looking to continue the history of the area and keep the quarrying at the site. The company has said it is a long-term plan of development on a small scale.
Agent Roy Curnow said the work will at first involve half a dozen employees. He said the good-quality slate in the quarry had now run out and the stone extracted would be mainly for hedging and facing.
Cornwall's planning department has recommended the application be approved, subject to conditions including the hours of operation.
The nearest homes are some distance from the site and there have been no objections from them.
Some of the quarrying equipment is still on site and would be utilised by the new operator.
Although this application has to be considered as a new quarrying operation, the previous history of the site as an active quarry is a material planning consideration, said planning officer Ellis Crompton-Brown in his report.
Tynes operated as a slate quarry until 2011 when planning permission expired. This application proposes a new access route between the site and the public highway.
The quarry face at the eastern end of the site is a 20m-high cliff, cut into the valley.
The surrounding landscape is primarily used for sheep farming, says Mr Crompton-Brown.
There are a number of smaller stone quarries as well as Delabole Quarry within the local area.
The applicants wish to erect a building to accommodate vehicles and equipment in connection with the quarrying activities.
They intend to start working through the existing waste deposits and remove any material which still has a value.
A wetland area would be created at the western end of the site as ecological mitigation.
It is accepted that the site would have a relatively modest impact on the AONB.
The applicant does not intend to blast rock from the quarry face as it can be exploited through breaking the rock using on-site plant and equipment.