Lisburn quarry plans refused in wake of report
A proposed quarry on land outside Lisburn has been refused planning permission after "well-founded" objections.
The Department of Infrastructure said it had refused the go-ahead for a large quarry between the Saintfield Road and Creevy Road. Conexpo NI sought permission to excavate 500,000 tonnes of gritstone a year from a 10 hectare area.
It also sought new access to the Saintfield Road for a compound including an office, canteen, laboratory and other facilities.
But the department said it was refusing planning permission as it published a report by the Planning Appeals Commision after a public inquiry last year. The department said: "The report found that there was unacceptable uncertainty about the impact on people's living conditions and amenity as a result of noise from the proposed operations. The economic benefits of the proposal were not considered to outweigh or override the well founded objections to the proposal."
The department said it had agreed with the report and recommendations.