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Rivington Against Greenbelt Exploitation RAGE. Meeting Dec 9 th 2010. Agenda. Introductions Blackrod & Horwich Environmental Action Group What is this Quarry stuff all about? The Grand Plan Planning History Environmental Issues Planning Inspector

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Introductions Blackrod & Horwich Environmental Action Group

What is this Quarry stuff all about?

The Grand Plan

Planning History

Environmental Issues

Planning Inspector

Update on today's planning meeting

Update on Judicial Review

What can we do?

We need your help!


Rivington Pike

Montcliffe & Pilkington Quarries

Proposed Pilkington Quarry Extension

Georges Lane

Chorley Old Road

M 61

Chorley New Road


Contaminated & Unstable Buttress

Proposed extension to Pilkington

Stone to be removed between 2 quarries

Montcliffe to be used for huge ‘recycling’ facility

Pilkington to be used for dumping material that can’t be recycled

the grand plan

The Grand Plan

Montcliffe and Pilkington Quarries are both operated by Armstrongs

Obvious concerns (fires, fines, warnings) not relevant to planning

Create a huge ‘recycling’ and waste tip facility

Knock through between Montcliffe & Pilkington creates mega quarry

Cannot be achieved in one planning permission

Over development in green belt

Smaller step by step planning applications used instead

The mega quarry may create the ‘very special circumstances’ required for Greenbelt development

pilkington planning applications

Pilkington Planning Applications

80931/08 – Rejected Oct 2009 – Applicant appealing

83299/09 – Granted Oct 2010 – Judicial Review

83999/09 – Granted Oct 2010 – Judicial Review

84065/10 – Planning Committee today

pilkington planning history

Pilkington Planning History

83299/09 – Granted Oct 2010 – Judicial Review

Extend life of the 2002 permission due to the end date being unlawful.

Removed restriction on the number of vehicles able to use the quarry.

Did not follow correct planning procedure.

83999/09 – Granted Oct 2010 – Judicial Review

84065/10 – Planning Committee today

Extension to the current void for 15 years

montcliffe quarry

Montcliffe Quarry

Was run well by Hanson’s and due to close in 2011 & restored.

Responsibility for extraction and restoration of transferred from Hanson to GCN LTD – registered at Armstrong’s on Chorley New Road

Has permission to build a road, extract & restore (fill in?)

Need to watch for any temp permission while moving out of Chorley New Road.

A full planning history of Montcliffe quarry is required.

Doesn’t appear to have 2042 end date.

planning inspector

Planning Inspector

Relevant environmental information in an ES to be comprehensive and easily accessible.

The emphasis of Schedule 4 is on the main or significant

environmental effects.

Further Information Requested :-


operations, (including hydrology)

material recycling,

restoration ( including contamination),

noise and dust, traffic

update on today s planning meeting

Update on today's planning meeting

Adjourned for a special planning meeting next week

Monday 13th Dec 2pm

judicial review

Judicial Review

Legal review in the courts of planning decisions

Buxtons Solicitors – Environmental & Public Law Specialists

2 Planning permissions granted on 15th October 2010

7 strong legal arguments (3 or 4 is normal)

‘Letter before action’ sent – 14 days to respond (today)

Bolton Council want to respond after 14 days and after current application meeting

Solicitor funded by some local residents & bheag

Donations very welcome & necessary

what can we do

What can we do?

Try and defeat each quarry planning permission

Environmental issues – water, waste, noise, dust, visual

Traffic movements

Green belt

Removal of public footpaths

Planning process

Judicial review

Grind them down – become an expensive nuisance

Hearts & Minds – Save Rivington & the West Pennine Moors !

we need your help

We need your help

ExpertiseLegal, Planning, Environmental

ResearchFind documents, internet research

Campaigners Organise support, leaflet drops

FundRaisers Coordinate donations, fund raising events

Treasurer Proper accounting of all funds raised & spent

Communication Coordinate emails, updates

Administration Follow up meeting actions, offers of help etc...

Supporters Who do you know? Neighbours, interest groups e.g. Cyclists, fell runners, horse riders, ramblers

Please let us know of any expertise you have that could be useful

next steps

Next Steps

Monthly meetings to keep all up to date

Council to formally respond to Judicial Review action next week

Judicial review hearing early next year


Please volunteer to help

Please pledge support for fundraising

Next meeting Thursday, Jan 20th 2011