Benefield quarry approved despite objections

A limestone quarry is to be created in Northamptonshire despite objections over dust and noise.

Churchfield Stone submitted plans to the county council to extract material between Upper and Lower Benefield.

A number of residents, local councils and groups, such as the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) objected, but the plans were approved.

The county council decided the impact on the environment could be managed to an "acceptable level".

'Tranquil buffer'

The plans will see 10,000 tonnes of stone taken from the site, near Oundle, every year over a 17-year period.

Churchfield Stone has pledged not to use blasting at the site.

East Northamptonshire Council said increased lorry traffic through local villages would be "harmful to highway safety" and residents would be affected by noise and dust.

Benefield Parish Council said 150 residents would be affected by pollution and traffic and CPRE said a "tranquil buffer" between the two villages would be lost.

But Northamptonshire County Council said there would be "no highway safety reason to justify refusal of the application" and "it is considered that any impacts on the historic environment should not be significant and

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