Quarry expansion plans threaten much-needed green space for the town

11 Apr 2024
Grovebury Quarry

Have your say on quarry plans

Leighton Buzzard Liberal Democrat Councillor Emma Holland-Lindsay has urged local residents to have their say about damaging plans to expand Grovebury Quarry.

If approved, the plans would mean quarrying continues at the site for many years, delaying the vital restoration of the area to green space and a potential watersports area. This green space is vitally needed to support the health and wellbeing of people living in the Sandhills and Roman Gate developments as well as in the wider town.

Councillor Holland-Lindsay has ‘called in’ the plans to the Council’s Development Management Committee over concerns that it would lead to the loss of vital green space amenity in Leighton Buzzard, as well as concerns about damage to the Green Belt and its close proximity to housing.

Councillor Emma Holland-Lindsay, Leighton Linslade South ward said:

“These plans to expand the quarry are a serious threat to the vital green space that we need in our town. Leighton- Linslade has seen thousands of new homes built in recent years, yet little new green space has come with it.

“The quarry site, once restored, should be an important green area for residents to enjoy as well as for wildlife and to support biodiversity. The site has also long been allocated as a potential watersports area.

“If quarry activity is extended then these plans will be delayed by decades, and we will see more traffic and noise for nearby houses. That’s why I’m urging all residents to express their views on this application.”

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