Plans to quarry in Knottingley withdrawn

Campaigners were against plans to quarry in Knottingley.
Campaigners were against plans to quarry in Knottingley.

Controversial plans to bring a former quarry back into use for the first time in 30 years have been withdrawn.

Concrete supplier Plasmor had hoped to quarry for limestone at Park Balk Quarry just off Womersley Road, Knottingley.

The company said the project was “essential” to protect jobs at its Womersley Road factory.

But people living near the site – on The Poplars and Downland Crescent – claimed the development would have caused unsuitable levels of noise and dust.

Campaigners launched a petition against the plans, which was signed by more than 100 people.

Plasmor has now withdrawn their planning application to reopen the quarry.

The company said: “The decision was taken after consultation and lobbying by local councillors and informal discussions with the wider community.

“We have taken into account the concerns voiced about the impact of reopening the quarry.

“Plasmor will continue to work with Wakefield Council on its plans to replace the old factories at its existing site on Womersley Road with a new £10m modern facility, which will secure the employment at the site.”