New Aberdour quarry operators seek time extension

The operator of a sand and gravel quarry at New Aberdour is seeking to continue work on site for up to five more years.

Thursday, 11th February 2021, 7:20 am
Aberdeenshire Council has received an application seeking an extension to allow quarrying to continue at the site.

Memsie-based business Kirkmyres Sand & Gravel Ltd was granted planning permission in January 2016 to continue to extract sand and gravel from Pitnacalder Quarry, on condition that it be limited to a five-year period.

With the five years now up, the company has submitted an application to Aberdeenshire Council for a variation of that condition – effectively asking for the approval period to be extended.

The application states that Kirkmyres is seeking permission for a further five years, subject to discussion with the council’s planning department.

Planners have consulted with the council’s environmental health which has no objection to the company’s request for an extension.

The application has also been publicly advertised, including in the public notices section of last week’s Fraserburgh Herald.

As well as Pitnacalder Quarry at New Aberdour, Kirkmyres Sand & Gravel Ltd operates Boyndlie Quarry. The well-established company provides sand and gravel supplies and quarry products for many building construction projects in and around Fraserburgh and the wider Aberdeenshire area.

Once excavation at the site is complete it is due to be restored, with some of the land to be used for agriculture.

Pitnacalder Quarry is located around 1.2km to the west of New Aberdour, and 1km south of the B9031 Rosehearty to Gardenstown Road.