The extension area, which lies south of the quarry access road and is bordered by the East Coast railway and Findon Road, contains an additional 6.9 million tonnes of rock. The Aberdeen Harbour extension project, as well as many other construction projects locally, have placed a heavy demand on the existing quarry in recent years so the additional reserves are welcome and will keep the quarry going for many years to come.
The planning application was accompanied by a wide range of environmental studies and surveys to demonstrate that the extension would not cause environmental issues locally or have any impact upon, for example, the railway line. Public exhibitions were also held locally to explain the proposals to local residents.
At the same time, Aberdeen City Council, within whose area the existing quarry lies, also granted planning permission for a ‘Link Area’ which will allow the extension area to be joined to the existing quarry by a conveyor tunnel.
These additional reserves, along with the new processing plant currently being installed, will allow Leiths to continue to be a major supplier of construction materials to Aberdeen and the wider Aberdeenshire area for many years to come.