Environment Minister gives quarry extension the go-ahead at Glenarm

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has given planning approval for a 23.8 hectare extension to Demesne Quarry, Glenarm.

This development, led by OMYA UK Ltd, is for a sideways extension of Demesne Quarry southwards into Tully Field. It will also restore Parishagh Quarry for agricultural uses to the original ground level. The Demesne Quarry will be restored in part to original ground level.

Mark H Durkan said: “This approval will bring an economic boost for both Northern Ireland and Glenarm, securing jobs existing in the area for 25 years.

“The Ulster White Limestone extracted at this site is very limited in Northern Ireland. The current reserves the company has have almost been exhausted. This extension means that this important resource can continue to supply the Irish markets north and south, with a range of white limestone aggregates, sands and fillers.”

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