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Planners approve quarry expansion
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Tarmac plans to extract sand and gravel at the site
Plans for a major expansion of a quarry near Wrexham have been given the green light by councillors.

Mining and construction company Tarmac want to extract more than 10m tonnes of sand and gravel from land between Borras and Gresford.

The area is close to sites of special scientific interest and some concerns over dust and noise have been raised.

Planners had recommended the expansion be approved. Wrexham Council agreed the plans on Monday.

Deepen workings

Sand and gravel have been quarried at Borras since the early 1970s, and Tarmac had applied to extend the workings over a 420-acre site.

The firm plans to deepen the workings at Borras airfield and quarry a new area on farmland on the Holt Estate.

According to Tarmac's plans, the work would be carried out in a number of phases, restoring agricultural land and eventually creating a new country park.

Some concerns had been raised over the impact of the scheme.

'Effects of blasting'

Members of Acton Community Council said before the meeting that "conditions should be imposed to control disturbance from noise and dust".

They added: "Concern is expressed over the potential effects of blasting at the site".

Councillors agreed to stop construction work from 2200GMT.

Wrexham Local Health Board said: "There are potential impacts on local residents through noise, dust, air quality and road accidents".

But Gresford councillor Andrew Bailey said he would "welcome the employment Tarmac brings".

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