A Scottish quarry company is launching a new bid to dig a massive hole on the banks of the Clyde despite being rejected four times in the last five years by the local council, the Scottish Government and the Court of Session.
Outrage and shock have greeted news that Patersons Quarries is intending to lodge another planning application for a 3.3 million tonne sand and gravel quarry at Overburns Farm near Tinto hill in South Lanarkshire in the hope of reversing previous rebuffs.
Furious residents, campaigners and politicians accuse the company of trying to “grind down” opposition by repeatedly resurrecting its bitterly disputed plan. Scotland’s planning system favours developers at the expense of communities, they say.
Patersons, based in Coatbridge, operates six quarries across the central belt. It initially applied to dig a new 37-hectare quarry at Overburns near Symington in 2009, but this was turned down by South Lanarkshire Council.
The company made a second application in 2011, which was again rejected by the council. It appealed to the Scottish Government and lost in 2013, and then appealed to the Court of Session and lost again in 2014.