By Tony Earnshaw Local Democracy Reporter
A FORMER quarry close to the Ponderosa Zoo at Heckmondwike is to be filled in.
Planners with Kirklees Council recommended approval for the scheme to fill the site off Smithies Lane to original ground levels.
The application was given the go-ahead by councillors at yesterday’s (Thursday) Strategic Planning Committee. The scheme will involve transporting almost 10,000 tonnes of ‘inert waste’ – demolition material and excavation soils – to the existing void by 20-tonne dumper trucks.
It is estimated the work could be completed in just three months.
However there could be as many as 25 deliveries a day – a total of 50 movements in and out of the site.
It is intended that the site, when restored, will be used for nature conservation, including wildflower and woodland scrub areas.
It is expected that a section of the quarry, which has been unused for decades, will be retained to provide ‘habitat opportunities’.
Planning officers say it is estimated that at a constant rate of supply, the site could be filled using seven to eight deliveries per day via a former haulage track that adjoins the access road to the neighbouring Ponderosa Zoo and Rural Therapeutic Centre.
However, the scheme could involve as many as 25 deliveries per day ‘at the busiest times’.
The council has demanded that wheel-washing facilities are installed on site.
It has also recommended that vehicles do not use reversing alarms and that a dust suppression scheme is submitted to reduce the impact on air quality.