South Lanarkshire Council rejects Biggar quarry plan
Controversial plans to quarry millions tonnes of gravel from a site in South Lanarkshire have been rejected.
Quarry firm Patersons had been seeking planning permission to excavate the site at Overburns Farm, near Biggar.
It original application was rejected in 2010. Now South Lanarkshire Council has turned down a second scaled-back plan.
The authority's planning committee said the proposal went against its policies and expressed fears the development could damage the local environment.
Patersons originally submitted plans to quarry five million tonnes of gravel from an 80-acre site at Overburns Farm, Lamington, near Tinto Hill, in 2009.
That application was rejected by South Lanarkshire Council in July 2010.
The company submitted a scaled-back proposal but local opposition to the scheme remained strong.
Following the latest rejection, a council spokeswoman said: "The proposal is contrary to the South Lanarkshire local plan, South Lanarkshire minerals plan and the Glasgow and Clyde Valley joint structure plan.
"As previously, the potential impact of the proposed development was crucial to the assessment process.
"This included concern about effects on wildlife and the environment, as well as on tourism in the area.
"Significantly, the possible impact on the integrity of the banks of the River Clyde was also an important consideration."
The spokeswoman said the committee agreed that the potential negative impact on the environmental outweighed any economic benefits.