In December 2018, we were very excited to hear that the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority planning committee resolved to grant planning consent for the deepening of Swinden Quarry (subject to a S106 agreement). ESP conducted the Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) for this project. Swinden Quarry, near Cracoe in North Yorkshire, has developed over many years and is owned and operated by Tarmac. It is a source of roadstone, asphalt and concrete among other resources, which are supplied across Yorkshire. This new planning consent would extend the quarry’s life by 9 years which is great news for the local economy, providing over £9 million in salaries over the period, Tarmac estimate. The success of this project proves that it is possible to get planning consent for a major development in a National Park when the EIA / design process is well executed. ESP are proud to be part of the team!