Brits don’t like quarries

Opposition to new quarries has got worse in Britain and it is still the most unpopular form of development, says Development Intelligence.

The DI Tracker, an annual survey commissioned by Development Intelligence, shows that three-quarters of British people would oppose a new quarry in their local area and just one in ten would support it.

The survey, carried out in late 2015, spoke to 2,005 British adults and found that twice as many people would be prepared to support fracking in their area than a quarry. Quarrying also proved to be much less popular than other forms of development including waste sites and power stations.

Quarrying remains rooted to the bottom of the table for the third year running, with power stations the second most unpopular followed by waste handling and fracking.

The aggregates industry’s net approval rating was -65%, compared to -58% for waste facilities and -39% for fracking.

Nick Keable, chief executive, Development Intelligence, said that the survey underlined the scale of the challenge facing aggregates companies who want to secure a consent for new developments.

He said: “While housing developments, recycling facilities and even fracking have their supporters, it is clear that hardly anybody wants to see a quarry in their local area.

“There is a huge gap between perception and reality in the aggregates industry. The fact is that with modern noise and dust mitigation technologies and advanced landscaping strategies the vast majority of people are unlikely to even be aware that they live near to there is a quarry. But the industry faces a huge challenge in overcoming this negative public perception.

“The vast majority of firms operating in the sector can boast a proud track record of restoring former quarrying sites and even handing them over to local residents to become parks or public open spaces. Aggregates firms can do much more to sell their success stories to local people and reassure them about the potential impact of their facilities.”

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