Shropshire

Wenlock Edge quarry plans recommended for approval

Wenlock Edge quarry
Image caption The National Trust said 4,000 people had signed a petition against the quarry plan.

A development plan for a Shropshire quarry has been recommended for approval by planning officers, despite 216 objections to it.

Edge Renewables is already using Wenlock Edge quarry to chip wood from forests for renewable energy biomass incinerators.

Planners at Shropshire Council are recommending retrospective planning permission should be given.

The National Trust said 4,000 people had signed a petition against the plan.

Edge Renewables recently acquired the former Lea Quarry North from owners Aggregate Industries.

The National Trust had wanted to take it over to provide an area for tourism including climbing activities and canoeing,

Shropshire Wildlife Trust and Natural England are among the other organisations and people who have submitted letters of objection to the council.

They said they were worried about the impact on the environment, landscape and protected species.

Shropshire councillors have been recommended to approve the proposals on the grounds they have benefits for the local area.

A decision on the plan is expected at a meeting on 29 January.

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