Devon quarry extension vital for its long term future

14 Aug 2015

Glendinning has announced it must apply for planning permission to extend its Linhay Hill Quarry in Ashburton to secure its long term future.

As it currently stands the limestone quarry is economically viable for up to 12 years.

Independent family company Glendinning has announced its intention to submit a planning application in the summer of 2015 to Dartmoor National Park Authority proposing an extension of Linhay Hill Quarry so that the life of the quarry and 240 jobs can be secured for 40 years or more.

For half a century, Linhay Hill Quarry has supplied a range of essential materials like aggregates, ready mix concretes, asphalt, blocks, paving, sand and lime for new roads and highways maintenance, the construction of schools, homes and hospitals and agricultural use across Devon.

The land for the proposed extension to the existing quarry is owned by Glendinning on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park with the Devon Expressway road running along the eastern boundary.

The site for extension is on the north eastern boundary of Linhay Hill Quarry at Alston Fields.

Chairman of E & JW Glendinning Limited, Ian Glendinning said: “Planning consent to extend Linhay Hill Quarry will sustain a business which contributes £6 million a year to the Devon and Dartmoor local economy from the procurement of goods and services.

“There are 240 people directly employed by Glendinning and our annual wage bill of £7 million is higher than the local average.

“This quarry extension is not about increasing profitability or profit – it is about maintaining our current business activity. We will not be increasing lorry traffic to and from our quarry and we will not need to compulsory purchase land or property to achieve this.

“We are very mindful that the established quarry is within the Dartmoor National Park but we will not be damaging protected open moorland. Glendinning is a significant contributor to the economic and social vitality of Dartmoor, Ashburton and South Devon. Best industry practice will be adopted to minimise the impact of the preparatory and extraction activity on the natural environment.”

Mr Glendinning added: “Local people know that we are responsible operators of the quarry and good neighbours. We will do everything we can to keep our community informed and want to reassure them on any concern they might have.

“Nothing is going to happen imminently on site but we must start planning for the future so that Linhay Hill Quarry can continue to support our community and economy beyond 2027.”

Glendinning, which was established in 1958, employs 240 people across six sites in Devon (Ashburton, Exeter, Paignton and Plymouth) and one in Cornwall (Launcells, near Bude).

Its customers are predominantly in Exeter, Teignbridge, Torbay and the Plymouth area. Glendinning customers include approximately 1,800 small building firms, the general public for home improvements, local authorities for highways maintenance, major construction companies and house builders, civil engineering contractors, national and regional builders’ merchants and agricultural merchants and farmers.