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Application for Slate Quarry Extension at Kirkby in Furness

Development proposals are underway to extend the lifespan of the existing slate quarry at Kirkby and restore the surrounding areas.  

Burlington Slate Ltd intends to submit a planning application to Cumbria County Council to extend the existing slate quarry at Kirkby in Furness.  If the application is successful the extension will involve expanding the quarry in a southerly direction into Kirkby Moor.

Burlington Stone have over 170 years of quarrying history at the Cumbrian Quarry, and it is anticipated that the development programme will extend the life of the Quarry by some 40-50 years.  The Kirkby Quarry produces a vernacular roofing slate, walling stone and architectural stone which is used on many local, historic and traditional buildings.

Six phases of slate extraction and tipping are planned followed by final restoration, and will encompass deepening the Quarry by 55m and laterally extending the Quarry by 3.2ha.  A total of 6.5- 7 million cubic metres of rock and overburden material will be extracted from the void. This material will be used to progressively restore the site, starting with the infilling of the old Winnow End Quarry.  At the same time, work will be taken to infill and restore other areas surrounding the Kirkby Quarry site.

As part of the pre-application consultation process Burlington Slate Ltd will be engaging with the wider community about the proposals.  The visual impact is an important consideration and a landscape and visual assessment is currently being undertaken, as are Ecology and Habitat surveys.  As an important local employer in the area with 118 people employed at Kirkby Quarry with others in outlying quarries, this extension will secure the future of employment at the site.

Planning permission for the development will be sought by means of two separate applications, the first to deal with the quarry extension, and the second will deal with the restoration of the Old Winnow End Quarry.

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