Permission granted for Tyttenhanger extension
SUBJECT to the completion of a legal agreement, the Development Control Committee of Hertfordshire County Council has unanimously voted to allow Lafarge Aggregates to extend their existing Tyttenhanger Quarry operations, near London Colney, in Hertfordshire.
The extension, which will extend the quarry south of Coursers Road, is for the extraction of 7.1 million tonnes of additional high-quality sand and gravel from approximately 84ha of land. At existing outputs, phased extraction of the additional reserve will add a further 15 years site life to the 11 years already consented, using the site’s existing infrastructure.
The consent means that the extension can be worked in sequence with the existing permitted reserves and a comprehensive restoration scheme can be developed for the phased working and restoration of the land south of Coursers Road. This will provide increased biodiversity, maintain the high-grade agricultural land and allow the installation of additional rights of way links. Restoration of the site will be complete by 2032.
Mike Pendock, senior planning and estates manager for Lafarge, said: ‘This decision by the county council maximizes our opportunity to enhance the landscape character and increase biodiversity as the site is progressively restored. New footpath links and bridleways will mean that the local community can enjoy the open countryside in an otherwise densely populated area bounded by the M25 and other major roads.’