Stoke & Staffordshire

Newcastle-under-Lyme MP supports plan to extend quarry

Plans to keep a Staffordshire quarry open for another 30 years have been supported by a local MP who had initially opposed it.

Ibstock Brick has applied to make a clay pit in Knutton Quarry, Newcastle-under-Lyme, deeper and larger, and then to convert it into a lake.

Labour MP Paul Farrelly said people in his constituency were worried the lake would increase their homes' flood risk.

The firm said it now planned to drain and landscape the quarry instead.

Mr Farrelly had a meeting with the firm in February to discuss its revised plans, and said: "Having seen it, comparing it to what went before before, I do think that they've addressed all the concerns about safety and the massive water body that will be left there, but you can't prejudge this.

"We've got to make sure that everyone who has got concerns feels that they have been listened to."

A public consultation about the revised application ends on 22 March.

Anyone who wishes to comment on the plans should contact Staffordshire County Council.

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