Planning Application Approval
The planning application was approved by the Dartmoor National Park Authority on 15 March 2021, subject to conditions and an Agreement under s106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
The Decision Notice and Agreement are available via these links:
Stopping Up Alston Lane
Following a Public Inquiry at Ashburton Town Hall on 7 December 2021, the Secretary of State has decided to approve the application to stop up Alston Lane.
The Decision Letter and Inspector’s Report are available via these links:
Alston Lane Stopping Up Decision Letter
Alston Lane Stopping Up Inspector’s Report
Linhay Hill Quarry at Ashburton is a limestone quarry which for over 50 years has supplied a range of essential materials – like aggregates, ready mix concretes, asphalt, blocks, paving, sand and lime – for new roads and highways maintenance, building construction and agricultural use across Devon.
This quarry is economically viable as it currently stands for up to 5 years from the end of 2020.
We need to extend the quarry so that the life of Linhay Hill Quarry, the economic benefits and jobs it creates can be secured for the future. This extension is not about increasing productivity or profit for Glendinning. It is about maintaining our current business activity which employs 240 people directly, sustains an estimated 180 further jobs in the wider economy and contributes £6 million a year to the Devon and Dartmoor local economy from the procurement of goods and services.
A planning application has been submitted to Dartmoor National Park Authority to extend the quarry north eastwards where there are limestone deposits under the land we own at Alston.
This website was launched in September 2015 to provide information about the proposals, and has been updated a number of times since:
- March 2016, updated when the original proposals were revised
- July 2016 to provide information about the submitted application incorporating significant changes and improvements following extensive public consultation.
- July 2017 on submission of the first tranche of ‘Further Information’ in response to a Request by the DNPA issued in 2016 under Regulation 22 of the EIA Regulations 2011. Plus to advise that a duplicate application had been submitted to Devon County Council in January 2017, because a small part of the application ‘red line’ area extends beyond the boundary of the DNPA and therefore Devon County Council is the relevant Mineral Planning Authority in respect of the overlap. Devon County Council has delegated its determination of the small part of the overall ‘red line’ area to the DNPA. The only difference as a result of the duplicate application is that the Town Planning Drawings on the Planning Documents page were changed.
- In April 2018 on submission of the second tranche of ‘Further Information’ in response to the December 2016 Request by the DNPA under Regulation 22 of the EIA Regulations 2011. This is in respect of proposed improvements to the off slip at Caton Cross, for which a planning application has been submitted to Teignbridge District Council.
- In November 2018 when minor changes were made to the proposals for the improvements to the off slip at Caton Cross.
- In March 2019 on submission of the third tranche of ‘Further Information’ in response to the December 2016 Request by the DNPA under Regulation 22 of the EIA Regulations 2011. This reports on further site investigations, monitoring and assessment of potential hydrogeology and land stability effects. At the same time a fourth Regulation 22 Response was submitted following an additional Regulation 22 Request issued by the DNPA in 2018.
- In July 2019 on submission by the applicant of ‘Other Information’, including a table showing how original application documents had been updated by subsequent ones, and making corrections to some of the submitted information.
- In September 2019 following approval by Teignbridge District Council of the planning application for improvements to the off slip road at Caton Cross (23 August 2019).
- In October 2019 on submission by the applicant of a second ‘Other Information’, document including a table showing how original application documents have been updated by subsequent ones, and making corrections to or otherwise updating some of the submitted information.
- The latest update is on submission of a Response to a Request for Further Information regarding hydrogeology, hydrology and land stability issued by the DNPA in February 2020 (referred to as the Regulation 22 Request 2020). The Response is referred to as the Regulation 22 Response #5.
See What Happens Next? for a description of how the Dartmoor National Park Authority is dealing with the planning applications and a link to the Authority’s website, which will track progress. There is also a link to Teignbridge District Council’s website to view the approved planning application for improvements to Caton Cross.