Gill Mill Extension
We have submitted a planning application to Oxfordshire County council to extend our Gill Mill Quarry.
The application would provide a further 5 million tonnes of Sand and Gravel reserves and extend the life of the quarry by 14 years. The new reserves will help secure 40 jobs directly at the site and many more indirectly in the local economy.
The proposals have been developed over several years influenced by technical assessments and comments from the local community and stakeholders. The application reviews the working and restoration proposals for the existing quarry together with the new extension area. The proposed working and restoration plans can be found by clicking here:
- Download Working Proposals
- Download Restoration Masterplans
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The extension area lies to the north of the existing permitted workings and quarry operations will continue in the same manner as at present. The restoration proposals include revision of the existing working areas to present a comprehensive masterplan for the whole site. The scheme includes extensive biodiversity benefits with large areas of new habitats of reedbed, woodland and lowland meadow. In addition there are areas for public water based recreation and an extensive new footpath network opening up this part of the Lower Windrush Valley for the first time. An eco-tourism development of sustainable self catering accommodation has been included, providing a long term economic basis to support the management of the new habitats.
The application is accompanied by a full Environmental Statement, which has been prepared by a team of technical experts covering many fields including ecology, archaeology, groundwater, flooding and traffic. A copy of the Non Technical Summary of the Environmental Statement can be found by clicking here.
Oxfordshire County Council’s website has a full copy of the planning application submission. Following consultation comments on the proposals Smiths have provided Oxfordshire County Council some additional information for the extension planning application at Gill Mill. The information is essentially providing additional detail and some points of clarification and does not change or amend the proposed scheme. Click on the OCC link below to see the Oxfordshire County Council’s planning application web page which includes details of the additional information.
We welcome any comments you may have on our proposals and you can use our feedback form to let us know your thoughts.