Ministers refuse quarry extension near New Lanark world heritage site

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New Lanark is one of six world heritage sites in Scotland

Ministers have rejected plans to extend a quarry closer to one of Scotland's world heritage sites.

Cemex wanted to expand its current site into protected land close to the banks of the Falls of Clyde near New Lanark.

The Scottish government said it would not grant planning permission for the application in its entirety.

It approved plans for works to the south of the site but refused permission for works to the west at Hyndford Quarry.

The move goes against the advice of the government's own Reporters who said there was no justification for refusal.

However, campaigners said a larger site would endanger the heritage site and a nearby conservation area.

The controversy began in 2012 when Mexican multinational Cemex first submitted its application to extend the existing Hyndford Quarry west towards the world heritage site at New Lanark - the place where Utopian idealist Robert Owen created a model industrial community in the early 19th Century.

New Lanark is one of only six World Heritage sites in Scotland - the others being the island of St Kilda, Skara Brae in Orkney, the Roman Antonine Wall and Edinburgh's Old and New Towns and the Forth Bridge.