PLANNING APPLICATION FOR THE
ESTABLISHMENT OF A HARD ROCK QUARRY AT
Welcome to the community consultation website for the proposed Rainnieshill Quarry.
The site contains proven resources of rock capable to producing a range of good quality aggregates for use in the local construction industry. The site is located within the administrative boundary of Aberdeenshire Council at national grid reference NJ 906 206 approximately 2.3Km North East of Newmachar and 2.3Km to the south of Tillycorthie.
The proposal is being developed by Johnson Poole & Bloomer Ltd and JKR Contractors Ltd.
JKR is a family owned business based near Ellon, Aberdeenshire, with interests in local farming and construction. JKR Contractors Ltd carries out civil engineering work for Commercial, Agricultural and Domestic customers throughout North East Scotland.
Started in 2007 by father and sons, Jim, Kevin and Ryan Taylor, the company has grown to employ directly over 100 local people. As well as providing real long term jobs in the community, JKR uses and supports many other local businesses in it’s supply chain.
The business has strong links with farming and agriculture, so as well as operating in the construction sector do a lot of work direct to agricultural businesses that are so important to the north east economy.
They aim to give quality and fairness to their customers, suppliers and employees and in 2019 were delighted to win the North Scotland Trades Awards in their business category.
Johnson Poole and Bloomer is an independent
multidisciplinary engineering and scientific consultancy
operating in several closely related and complementary
areas - Geotechnical Engineering, Environmental
Engineering, Contamination, Mineral Planning Surveying
and Mineral Planning.
Established in 1844 by Henry Johnson, the firms operates throughout the United Kingdom and beyond, from its offices in Glasgow, Brierley Hill and Cardiff.
WHO IS INVOLVED
JKR CONTRACTORS LTD
JOHNSON POOLE & BLOOMER
The site at Rainnieshill, Newmachar located a approximately 2.3Km North East of Newmachar and 2.3Km to the south of Tillycorthie has been identified as a potential quarry.
The site contains proven resources of rock capable to producing a range of good quality aggregates for use in the local construction industry.
It is estimated that rock resources within the proposed site amount to 500,000 tonnes. The anticipated output will fall within the range 30,000 to 60,000 tonnes per annum with an average output of 40,000 tonnes per annum anticipated.
A Pre-Planning Application Consultation Event was previously held in respect of the proposed development of a quarry at the site in June 2019. Following the comments received at this event the original proposals have been refined to provide for an alternative access arrangement to limit the need for the use of the U26E minor road which provides site access and to introduce improved landscaping and boundary treatments to minimise landscape and visual impact. Details of these refinements are provided below.
The proposed development will release future supplies of aggregates to the local
markets and provide JKR with their own local supplies of aggregates to support their business. An overall development period of around 12-13 years is anticipated.
As part of establishment works the site access to the main road will be constructed. This will include the widening of the first 300m of the existing access track from the public road and access junction improvements. Furthermore, it is proposed that two passing places along the U26C road are created. Details of the access route, junction improvements and proposed passing places along the U26E are provided on the drawings below.
Thereafter soils and overburden will be stripped and formed into landscaped screening mounds in advance of Phase 1 extraction. These together with the introduction of generous shelterbelt and scrub planting during site establishment will mitigate landscape and visual impacts.
Mineral extraction will take place in three phases which are shown indicatively on the drawings below. The scheme has been designed to facilitate the progressive restoration of the upper quarry face during Phase 2 of the development assimilating the site into the surrounding landform.
Mineral extraction will progress with the blasting of the insitu rock which will then be excavated from the working face and processed using crushing and screening plant located within the quarry void.
Once processed aggregate products will be stockpiled within the quarry void for collection. Vehicles will regularly be weighed on entering and leaving the quarry using a weighbridge. On entering the quarry, vehicles shall progress to the quarry excavation area for loading. Once loaded, vehicles will leave the quarry via the Site access to the public road network.
Proposed operating hours for the site would be 07:00 to 19:00 hours Monday to Friday 07:00 to 12:00 hours on Saturday.
PLANS OF THE DEVELOPMENT
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Proposed Internal site Access Route
Proposed Access Junction Improvements
Proposed Passing Place Locations
Restoration of will focus on biodiversity enhancement and habitat creation.
Shelterbelts introduced along the southern and western boundaries as part of the advanced establishment works would be protected and retained at final restoration. The site will be assimilated with adjoining lands by connecting where possible to existing green infrastructure assets surrounding the site such as shelterbelts, hedgerows, scrub and wetland areas. A relatively low height rock face ( 5-7m at highest point) would remain, however it is well documented that such features offer nesting opportunities for raptors. The steeper slope to the east would be graded and the majority topsoiled and seeded with species rich grassland with some areas left as broken scree rock .Scrub planting would be established on the restored eastern slopes to tie with existing scrub beyond the site to the east around the top of the rock face.
Committed to Excellence
Initial consultation has been undertaken with Aberdeenshire Council and an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Screening Opinion provided.
This confirmed that a formal EIA is not required.
A number of studies will or have been completed to inform the site design and confirm the environmental acceptability of the development.
EnviroCentre Ltd carried out a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal and National Vegetation Classification Survey .
There are no statutory or non-statutory designated sites, or areas of native or ancient woodland within or considered to be ecologically connected to the site.
Eight Phase 1 Habitats including: improved grassland, scattered scrub and boundary features were identified within the site boundary.
Biological records for and/or field evidence of badger, brown hare, common toad and a number of nesting birds were identified within the site and adjacent habitats. Mitigation has been identified to ensure impacts will not be significant.
The NVC Survey found the Site was within 100 metres of a M23 rush mire community, and could alter the hydrology of the site. A hydrogeological assessment has been carried out and mitigation proposed in this respect.
Noise & Vibration
Potential noise and vibration impacts resulting from the proposals have been assessed by independent specialists Vibrock Limited.
A series of noise predictions have been made to six of the closest residential locations around the proposed quarry. The predicted levels have been assessed against the existing noise level and the criteria given in PAN 50 Annex A. It should be noted that all the predicted noise levels in this report refer to worst-case scenarios, when operations are undertaken at their closest distance / highest topographic position to sensitive receptors and therefore have the greatest influence on the noise levels at these locations.
With the exercise of reasonable engineering control over general operations, working at Rainnieshill Quarry should be able to be worked by JKR within the noise criteria detailed in PAN 50 Annex A for surface mineral operations.
A criterion for restricting vibration levels from production blasting from the proposed development has been recommended in order to address the need to minimise annoyance to nearby residents.
All blasts at Rainnieshill Quarry shall be designed in order to comply with Vibrock recommendations and PAN 50 Annex D.
Following the recommendations given, there is no reason why blasting operations within the proposed extraction area at Rainnieshill Quarry will give rise to adverse comment due to induced vibration at any of the dwellings or structures in the vicinity.
A Dust Management Plan will be prepared for the site incorporating industry good practice in the minimisation and control of emissions.
It is anticipated that with good practice control measures any impacts will be localised and will not have significant adverse effects.
A desktop survey was undertaken, followed by a walkover survey of the site by Murray Archaeological Service Ltd.
The desktop study identified the site is covered by the Aberdeenshire SMR: NJ 92SW0017 Beauty Hill - Rig and Furrow. To the east of the site there appears to have been a Rifle Range on Beauty Hill from circa 1869 to the end of WW1.
The remaining features in the vicinity of the site all relate to the 19th century settlement of the area, with small quarries which are of late 19th early 20th century date and were probably used as sources of stone for the farmsteads. Two features relate to the dismantled railway of the former Great North of Scotland Railway's Buchan and Formartine line which was built in 1858, and shut in 1966.
A Hydrological and Hydrogeological Impact Assessment has been prepared. This addresses management of groundwater, incident precipitation and any impacts upon M23 rush mire habitat. Following mitigation all potential effects are assessed as negligible or low magnitude
Landscape and Visual Assessment
A full Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) will be undertaken as part of the final submission.
An initial Zone of Theoretical Visibility Impact (ZTVI) analysis has been undertaken.
This indicates the majority of potential views would be experienced in an envelope stretching north and south with views in both easterly and westerly directions restricted.
The ZTVI does not account for the significant screening influence from the existing intervening woodland elements throughout the region nor the screening which will be created by the introduction of proposed advanced screen bunds and associated shelterbelts along the sites northern and southern boundaries.
The Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment will fully consider the extent of potential impacts to the character of the landscape, and identify a number of key viewpoints within the ZTVI from which visual impact will be considered.
All quarry traffic will utilise the new access track from the U26C road. The existing access track will be upgraded to allow for two way traffic up to the point where Site traffic will turn off and head towards the quarry across private land.
It is anticipated that the majority of the mineral extracted will be transported by HGV’s with a load carrying capacity of 20 tonnes. Based on an average output of between 30,000 and 60,000 tonnes per annum this equates to a worst-case scenario of circa 2 HGV movements (i.e. 1 HGV arriving and departing the quarry) per hour.
A Transport Statement will be prepared demonstrating the required standard for junction visibility can be achieved at this location, in addition to potential impacts on the existing road network.
What happens now?
Online consultation events will be held over Zoom on Wednesday 25th November between 1pm and 4pm, and 26th November between 4pm and 7pm.
To access the consultation event please contact Tom Lewis of Johnson Poole & Bloomer:
in writing - Johnson Poole & Bloomer, 50 Speirs Wharf, Glasgow G4 9TH
by email - firstname.lastname@example.org
or call - 01413311456
Please note the date of the event you wish to attend.
Comments to the applicant can be made now.
Comments can be made:
using the message box, please include your full name and location in the message section;
by email to email@example.com; or
in writing to Tom Lewis at Johnson Poole & Bloomer, 50 Speirs Wharf, Glasgow, G4 9TH
Following the online consultation event any further questions can be answered by contacting Tom Lewis on 0141 3311456.
All comments must be received no later than Friday 18th December 2020.
All comments received will be considered in the preparation of the final proposals and a formal planning application will be submitted in due course.
Please note, comments made to the prospective applicant do not constitute representations to the Planning Authority. The opportunity to make representations to Aberdeenshire Council will be available following formal submission of the planning application.