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Quarry project receives approval

Quarrying work
The quarrying work has been approved by the council

Proposals for quarry works over an 18-year period at a site in the Borders have been given planning approval.

The scheme will see sand and gravel extraction get under way at Fulfordlees Farm at Cockburnspath.

Kinegar Quarries had proposed starting the phased project at its furthest point from nearby houses and moving closer to them over time.

However, Scottish Borders Council has requested that they start near the homes and gradually move outwards.

The scheme also involves the building of a stretch of road linking the new site with an existing quarry.

A number of local residents had objected, raising concerns about noise and dust together with the visual impact on the area.

However, councillors agreed with planning officials and allowed the scheme to proceed provided a number of conditions are met.

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