23 October 2017

Hanson Cement – our plans to divert Empingham Road

Background

In 2002 Castle Cement obtained planning permission for an extension to Grange Top quarry at Ketton to secure the long-term future of the adjoining works. The permission included the diversion of part of Empingham Road to allow access to the maximum quantity of limestone.

A “stopping-up” order to authorise the closure of the section of road to be diverted was applied for in January 2016. This application was considered at a public inquiry in December 2016 and the inspector’s report was sent to the Secretary of State for Transport in February this year.

In March, the Secretary of State, having considered the report, decided not to make the order.

Hanson challenged the decision, saying the report was unlawful. The Secretary of State subsequently agreed, and his decision was quashed in July. The stopping-up application – including an additional highway improvement for passing places in Green Lane - will now be reconsidered at a new public inquiry for which a date has not yet been set. We have called this Scheme 1.

The new applications

A decision on Scheme 1 may not be made until late 2018. If it is turned down, there would not be enough time for us to design an alternative scheme and obtain the necessary permissions before reserves of limestone run out.

As a result, an alternative diversion of Empingham Road (called Scheme 2), which takes into account some of the views expressed at the December 2016 inquiry, has been drawn up and submitted to the Department for Transport as part of a separate stopping-up application.

This alternative route and the consequential changes to the quarry development also require planning consent, so at the same time two planning applications have been submitted to Rutland County Council.

The draft stopping-up order application for Scheme 2 will be available at Ketton Library/Ketton Centre from October 27 until November 24. Copies can also be obtained from the Department for Transport quoting the reference NATTRAN/EM/S247/3036.

Copies of the planning applications have been placed at Ketton Library/Ketton Centre and are available on Rutland County Council’s planning web site.

For further information please contact our agent Ian Briggs, Landesign Planning and Landscape Limited, Beacon House, 10 Forest Road, Loughborough, LE11 3NP email: ian@landesignuk.com, or email enquiries@hanson.com.