A CONTROVERSIAL sawshed has been given permission to continue operating following a decision by Calderdale’s Planning Committee.
Mytholm Quarry on Sunny Bank Lane in Southowram, has been allowed to continue using its sawshed for the next three years despite a 270 name petition against the decision.
The decision is the latest blow for residents as the quarry was given the go ahead in November last year to carry on working until 2020.
Over 100 letters and 159 signatures on a petition complained that too many lorries were using the narrow country lanes to deliver the stone which breached the ten vehicle per week maximum limit allowed by previous planning permission.
Councillors at the time said they had no choice to allow the quarry to continue operating but the amount of lifting must be reviewed every 12 months.
Now, the committee members have unanimously approved the continued use of the sawshed though it will be restricted to work between the hours of 7am and 10pm to prevent over night noise.
Mytholm quarry had originally wanted to have 24 hour operation of the sawshed.
Chair of the Planning Committee, Coun Jennifer Pearson said: “It’s important we monitor the working hours of the quarry and make sure that the conditions are adhered to.”
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