Coatsgate Quarry - Planning Application and Environmental Statement Coatsgate Quarry - Planning Application and Environmental Statement

Coatsgate Quarry - Planning Application and Environmental Statement

We were commissioned by Tarmac to prepare and manage the Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and Planning Applications for a periodic review of Old Minerals Permission and continuation of hard rock extraction at Coatsgate Quarry.

The quarry is in Dumfries and Galloway in south-west Scotland, and has been operating since the 1930s. The Environmental Act 1995 requires that existing mineral permissions are subject to a periodic review every 15 years to ensure the quarry is working to modern standards and latest good practice.

We initially prepared scoping reports for submission to Dumfries and Galloway Council outlining the proposed developments and the potential environmental impacts. The responses to these scoping reports informed the scope of works for the EIAs. A public consultation event was held by Tarmac for the Coatsgate Quarry proposals which we attended and prepared leaflets and presentation boards.

We managed the production of the EIAs and carried out assessments which included; land and visual impact, soils and agriculture, water resources, air quality, noise, vibration, cultural heritage and transport. Working with closely with Tarmac we developed the phasing of the proposed operations and the design of restoration proposals incorporating mitigation measures identified during the EIA process.