More about our proposals
Ketton cement works supplies between 10-15% of the UK’s annual cement requirement and is of local, regional and national significance. It relies on the adjacent Grange Top quarry for the materials it uses in cement manufacture, but at current extraction rates, existing mineral reserves at the quarry will run out in the early 2030s. That’s why we are seeking to extend the extraction area at Grange Top so we can secure the supply of raw materials and the long-term future of the cement works.
Our proposed extension areas, Northwest Land and Field 14, form part of the mineral reserves identified by Rutland County Council (RCC) as having the potential to contribute to the county’s essential supply of cement. This means both areas are already recognised by RCC as areas for future mineral extraction to meet the needs of the construction industry and help drive economic growth.
Our planning application will encompass the proposed extension areas as well as the existing quarry and restoration scheme. Consolidating permissions at Grange Top quarry will allow for a single planning permission with one set of conditions to cover all mineral extraction operations and restoration schemes going forward.
No changes are proposed to quarry operating hours, which are 07.00 – 19.00 Monday to Friday and 07.00 – 13.00 on Saturdays, nor will we be looking to amend the existing conditions on quarry blasting. There are also no changes to the processing facilities at Ketton cement works proposed in this application.
New access road to reduce HGV traffic on local roads
Significantly, our plans do include the construction of a new 3km access road northward from the cement works across our site to a new roundabout junction with the A606, to the west of Shacklewell Hollow. Once constructed, all HGVs will use this new route, with 95 per cent of traffic travelling east along the A606 to the A1. This investment will substantially reduce Heidelberg Materials HGV traffic on the A6121 High Street /Stamford Road passing through Ketton and Tinwell.
Our plans also include new and upgraded public rights of way which will greatly enhance connectivity in the local area and have been designed to give priority to recreational users.
Environment and restoration
A full environmental impact assessment (EIA) has been carried out to identify any potential impacts of our plans and how they can be mitigated. It includes recommendations for a series of measures to minimise the potential impacts of:
- Landscape and visual
- Blasting and ground vibration
- Ground and surface water
- Dust and air quality
- Archaeology and heritage assets
Particular attention has been paid to landscape and visual impacts, with our proposed mitigation measures including retaining perimeter hedgerows, screening the new parts of the quarry with 3-5m high landscaped screening bunds to protest views, contain noise and minimise dust.
We’ll also work closely with RCC’s highways team to ensure that the new site access junction with the A606 meets modern safety requirements and includes suitable screening measures.
The approved quarry restoration scheme for Grange Top remains unchanged and we’ll build on our success to date with the proposed scheme for the Northwest Land and Field 14 areas. The final restoration scheme will return the quarry to a mix of agriculture, nature conservation and amenity uses. It will only use materials derived from the site, without the need for any imported fill materials. This will allow the site to be restored as workings move around the quarry.
Benefits of our proposals
Ketton cement works already supplies over 10% of the UKs cement. As well as ensuring supplies of this essential construction material, extending Grange Top quarry will also secure the long-term future of Ketton cement works and those that rely on it for employment.
The cement works and quarry is one of the largest employers in the county, employing over 240 people in direct jobs, and many more in the supply chain. Our operations also help underpin local services, as we’re by far, the single biggest contributor to business rates in Rutland.
In addition, we’re proud of the role we play in the local community and will continue to support local charitable initiatives as well as providing career opportunities via our apprenticeship and trainee manger programmes.
Further information on our proposed extension of Grange Top quarry shared at our recent public exhibition can be viewed here.