Caversham Quarry extension approved by council
Plans to extend an Oxfordshire quarry have been approved.
Lafarge plans to extract 1.86 million tonnes of sand and gravel from Caversham Quarry, near the village of Sonning Eye, east of Reading, Berks.
The firm will spend 15 years extracting material from the 33-hectare site, then two years restoring it.
The council had received objections from local residents and parish councils, mainly concerned over flooding and an increase in traffic.
The area is a conservation area and the proposed site for the extension to the quarry is agricultural land with no prior history of development.
However, sand and gravel extraction has taken place in the area since the 1950s.
Oxfordshire County Council had recommended the plans were approved on the condition the site is restored to nature once extraction has taken place.
The council's planning committee met on Monday and approved the plans.