Major step forward for £200m kiln plan

PLANS to develop a new £200 million second cement kiln, at Tarmac Buxton Lime and Cement’s Tunstead Quarry are a step closer after the proposals were approved in principle by Derbyshire County Council.

On Monday a meeting of the council’s Planning Committee at County Hall approved the proposed development subject to finalising a legal agreement with Tarmac.

Phil Richards, Executive Director for Tarmac Buxton Lime and Cement, said: “We’re delighted to receive this approval for our second kiln from the county council – which is a major step forward.

“I’d also like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the local community, who have given us such positive support in the public consultation phases.”

Tarmac’s second kiln at Tunstead, called K2, will be similar in size and capacity to the existing kiln.

It is estimated that up to 60 new permanent jobs will be created when K2 is fully operational.

During construction, expected to take up to three years, hundreds of temporary construction jobs are expected to be created.

However no date has yet been determined for the start of the complex development.

Mr Richards said: “The timing of recovery of the UK construction sector from recession is vital to this project and as this is currently difficult to predict, a start date for K2’s construction has to be carefully considered. Of course I will keep our local community informed as our plans firm up.”

Tarmac has already been granted permission from the Environment Agency to use the same waste-derived fuels, such as tyre chips, in K2 as are currently utilised in K1.

New storage silos and other additional plant will be built, and a new set of rail tankers will be used to boost Tunstead’s existing rail capacity.

Extensive consultation has been carried out with a number of authorities and statutory bodies since the application was submitted in March 2009.

The Peak District National Park Authority had no objection in principal to the development but did raise a large number of concerns including the additional traffic that would be created.

In a report to the Planning Committee, officers, who put forward numerous planning conditions, stated: “I consider that those concerns, and indeed those of all consultees, have been addressed either wholly or so far as practicable and acceptably.”