Cornwall

Lantoom slate quarry extension plan approved

Richard Crocker of Lantoom Quarry
Image caption Lantoom Quarry has been granted a 30 year extension

A slate quarry in south east Cornwall is to expand after it was granted a 30-year extension by Cornwall Council.

Lantoom quarry, just outside Liskeard, aims to increase in size by about 30%.

Lantoom quarry is looking at exporting Cornish slate, used for the facings on housing and commercial buildings, to Germany and Belgium.

Managing director Richard Crocker said: "The material has been used locally up until now. But we have started to move material further distances away."

He added: "We're sending material to Hertfordshire and Scotland this week. But we hope to export too."

The quarry has been operating since before the start of World War II.

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