Quarry redevelopment will be sensitive - pledge

The quarry could be used for residential properties.

The quarry could be used for residential properties. - Credit: Archant

THE future of a village quarry will be discussed at public meetings next week, with the landowner expecting it could be developed for residential use.

The quarry in Bleadon, owned by Marshalls Mono, is currently used for manufacturing concrete products, but the current owners are looking to sell the land.

However, a document written by an agent on behalf of Marshalls earlier this year said the existing site is too large for its location, and will struggle to attract a commercial business to take it over.

Commenting on North Somerset Council’s sites and policies consultation document, Marshalls said it intends the site to have a range of uses in the future, including residential and commercial, with some open space and areas for the community.

Marshalls said: “At present, the site is still operational as a concrete product manufacturing facility and distribution centre but we do confirm your observation that it is approaching the end of its economic life.

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“We confirm that we have worked closely with Bleadon Parish Council for a number of years now and that we shall continue to do so.

“We have always made it clear that the sensitive redevelopment of the Marshalls site shall be our legacy to the village. In this way, we wish to ensure that our future proposals for the site are indeed community-led.”

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The council’s sites and policies document states that the area could be used for around 20 residential properties, but Marshalls believe this could be more. It is expected a planning application for the quarry could be submitted by the end of this year.

Marshalls will be holding presentations at Bleadon Youth Centre in Coronation Road next Wednesday from 10am-2pm and September 19 from 5-7.30pm.

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