Athenry quarry allowed to keep concrete mixing plant

Galway Daily news Planning approval sought to reopen quarry near Tuam

Coshla Quarry at Barretspark outside Athenry has been given approval to retain a backup concrete mixing plant.

The plant that Coshla Quarries sought retention permission for is an extension to the main concrete batching plant at the quarry, which has planning permission.

A batching plant is the name given to equipment which combines ingredients to create large quantities of concrete.

The plant in question consists of two cement silos, mixing tanks, a control room, ramps, and offices.

According to Coshla Quarries the plant they applied for retention of isn’t meant to expand the capacity of the quarry but to provide “an alternative batching plant for use during any breakdown of the permitted plant”.

The developer said this is an “integral part” of ensuring they can maintain a reliable concrete supply for their clients.

Planning permission was originally granted for the main concrete batching plant in 2009.

Two objections to this application were made to the county council by members of the public saying that this is an “unauthorised development” which has been operating in breach of the original planning permission for years.

Galway county council granted retention permission with five conditions attached.