Council to decide on proposals for quarry

County councillors are to decide whether a proposed limestone quarry should be given the go-ahead in the coming months.

The site, to the south of Upper Benefield and to the south- west of Lower Benefield near Oundle, would extract Blisworth limestone, which is used as a building material.

Applicant Churchfield Stone Limited, specialises in the production of limestone products such as flagstone floors.

A public exhibition which revealed full details of the plans, which would include a new junction on the A427, closed last month. The planning statement includes proposals to restore the area to its present state once the supply of limestone has been exhausted.

A county council spokesman said: “The consultation period for this application has now closed and the council is receiving representations in line with the planning process.

“This application will be considered before the county council’s development control committee.

“A date has not yet been set for when it will be heard, but it is expected to be in July.”