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Test track plans for quarry site

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Digger giant JCB has applied to turn a former quarry site in the Moorlands into a vehicle test track. The company has submitted a planning application to Staffordshire County Council for the construction of a vehicle test track within the quarry complex at Wardlow & Wredon Quarry Complex, Ashbourne Road, Rue Hill, Cauldon Low.

Digger giant JCB has applied to turn a former quarry site in the Moorlands into a vehicle test track.

The company has submitted a planning application to Staffordshire County Council for the construction of a vehicle test track within the quarry complex at Wardlow & Wredon Quarry Complex, Ashbourne Road, Rue Hill, Cauldon Low.

Within the documents accompanying the planning application, a spokesman for JCB said: “Wredon and Wardlow Quarries have been working quarries for the extraction of carboniferous limestone since the 1940s.

Planning permission SM.09/14/113 M is the extant permission for the whole site and consolidates six previous permissions. This planning permission allows for two operational strategies. One strategy allows the quarry to operate to a limited extent whereby quarrying activities can take place within the quarries, but with limited stone exportation (less than 1,000 tonnes in a 12-month period). This strategy is referred to as the ‘interim strategy.’

The second strategy allows for the full permitted scheme of mineral extraction (any operations resulting in the export of mineral from the Site of 1,000 tonnes or more in a 12- month period) and is referred to as the ‘working strategy.”

The spokesman continued: “JCB purchased the sites from Lafarge Tarmac in December 2013, although Tarmac have retained rights under the agreement.

It is the intention to continue to use the sites for low-key quarrying and related operations, under the Interim Strategy principally to operate monitor and demonstrate the performance of machinery within the quarry environment in a controlled manner. The quarry is currently operating under this ‘interim strategy.’

The JCB operations maintain the integrity and security of the sites and create employment for over 30 people, on sites that would otherwise be left dormant, and supports the research and development of a major international manufacturing company based in Staffordshire, employing approximately 8,000 in the UK, and 15,000 worldwide.

JCB are continuing to rationalise their test capabilities onto a single site, this started with the loading tower, tilt table and other developments and is now seeking to continue with the moving of the test track from Plumpton.

It is crucial to JCB’s ongoing success that they are able to continue to develop machines and test them to ‘breaking point.’

Without the facilities proposed as part of this application, this thorough and robust testing regime will not be able to be undertaken or will have to be undertaken at rented test sites at significant cost to the company.”

The JCB spokesman added: “As set out above JCB are currently seeking to rationalise their test facilities onto a single site to ensure that these can be undertaken in a logical and coordinated manner.

In light of this it is necessary to undertake engineering operations within the quarry bowl to provide for a test track. The quarry topography is ideal for the formation of a test track owing to the existing slopes and undulations that enable a wide variety of machines to be heavily tested.

In addition, a variety of surfaces to the track will be provided on the quarry floor to mimic conditions that machines are likely to find on site. These include a ‘wave motion’ surface and a variety of random and regular kerbs, alongside the general quarry floor

The proposal will be operated in accordance with the interim strategy and all necessary conditions of that permission.”

To see the full application, go online to: https://planning.agileapplications.co.uk/staffordshire/application-details/28499.

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