Plans to restore abandoned quarry to agricultural land

Galway Daily news Planning approval sought to reopen quarry near Tuam

Permission is being sought to fill in a disused quarry near Athenry so that the land can be restored to agricultural use.

A planning application has been made to the county council to fill in the quarry at Greyford, Killtullagh South, Athenry with inert material such as construction and demolition waste or sub-soil.

“It is proposed, at this stage, to infill only a relatively small area of he quarry at the northern end as indicated in the plans”, the application states.

“We suggest that this would be highly beneficial in providing a much needed facility for the disposal of such material and by partially restoring a the site which is prominent from the adjoining motorway”.

“Given its proximity to the motorway – indeed the former quarry is served by the motorway – it is unlikely the site could ever return to active quarrying.”

“As such it remains abandoned and this proposal represents the best opportunity to restore it.”

An Appropriate Assessment Screening Report was submitted by the developer with the planning application.

A decision on whether to grant planning approval is due from the county council by October 2.