Owen Pugh Aggregates Ltd has submitted a planning application to Durham County Council in early February for the recommencement of works at Tuthill quarry, a dormant quarry near Haswell in County Durham. The site is a former limestone quarry that was partially filled with colliery spoil by the NCB, between the early 1980’s and 1990’s, in attempt to restore the site. However, these restoration works were not completed and over the last 25 years the spoil has not revegetated leaving a derelict site. The scheme to work the site consists of extraction of 2.77million m3 of limestone and magnesium limestone and the restoration of existing and proposed void by re-profiling the colliery spoil and importing 1.6million m3 of clay and soils. The site will be restored to a mixture of agricultural enclosures, calcareous grassland, semi-improved grassland, woodlands, transient water bodies and an ecological water body.
The life of the site will cover 23 years, with extraction of mineral over an 18 year period in 8 phases. The site will be restored by re-profiling the colliery spoil and using imported excavation, construction and demolition materials to create an appropriate landform, and these restoration works will take place concurrently with the extraction works to progressively restore the site over the 23 year period. A new access to the site will be constructed to the south of the quarry onto the B1283, Durham Lane. All soils and overburden stripped at the site shall be used in the restoration.
The restoration scheme has been designed to cater for the best possible end-use of the site and to complement the Tuthill Quarry Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the Tuthill Quarry Local Wildlife Site (LWS). Approximately 3 hectares of grassland will be created on the land immediately adjacent to the Tuthill Quarry SSSI in the first 4-5 years of site operations. As works progress areas of meadowland and woodland as well as agricultural land will be restored in the site. In addition to this, and to help these ecological areas, the proposals involve the removal of the cotoneaster around the site; this may be a garden plant but it is invasive and it is in danger of destroying the grassland habitat in the SSSI.
The working of the site will also create up to 10 new jobs in the local area and there will be a need for local hauliers. In addition, Owen Pugh are committed to the creation of apprenticeships on their sites and would hope to be able to create apprenticeships posts at this site in the future.
We hope to commence works at the site in late 2017 or early 2018.
Please click the link below for planning documents on the Durham County Council website.