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North-east quarry closed for good after plans thrown out

Updated:2009-03-19 16:03:27

A north-east quarry has been closed for good after councillors threw out plans which would keep it open for another 10 years.


McIntosh Plant Hire wanted to keep the 34-year-old Leys quarry at Kininmonth, near Mintlaw, open for another decade.


It also wanted to build a huge storage base for offshore equipment at the site.


After being told by planning bosses that there was no justification for extending the quarry, members of the Buchan area committee rejected both plans.


Instead, they agreed to enforcement action to be taken to ensure the quarry is properly restored to a greenfield site as promised when planning permission was granted in the 1970s.


Company boss Bert McIntosh criticised the councillors last night, saying the shed would have created up to six jobs at a site which has employed local people for decades.


"I would have liked to have been part of a nationwide team looking to kick-start the economy by creating jobs, but the planners and councillors in Aberdeenshire
appear not to be interested. " The negativity they have displayed is sad, " he said.


The quarry began operating in 1975. It was hoped the proposals would safeguard jobs at the site, but operations at the quarry have ceased.


The proposed industrial storage building would have been 150ft by 75ft and was to be used to store oil industry equipment. The firm argued the site was an ideal location for such a development, boasting good transport links to Fraserburgh, Peterhead and Aberdeen.


It also said there was a "proven economic need" for the building, citing Asco as one firm which was interested in using the site.


Councillors heard yesterday that Asco had land in Peterhead, just 13 miles away, which could be used for such a purpose.


As a result, planning spokeswoman Wendy Forbes said there was no proven economic need for such a facility to be built at the site.


The 10 councillors on the planning committee agreed unanimously.


Mr McIntosh said he had not decided whether he would appeal the decision.

 

Source:http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk

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