Stancombe is an active limestone quarry located about one kilometre south of the village of Flax Bourton and 12 kilometres south west of the city of Bristol.
Stancombe quarry has been operational since around 1954 and has been managed by Tarmac since 1995.
A planning application is to be submitted by Tarmac in the first quarter of 2014 to extend Stancombe Quarry southwards into a 12.5 hectare agricultural field known as the Spinney.
The quarry makes a significant contribution to the local economy. Over 270 people are employed at the site either directly or indirectly, such as hauliers, contractors and major suppliers.
The limestone at Stancombe is approximately 330 million years old, and was formed in warm shallow seas which covered much of England and Wales.
Comprehensive restoration schemes, which are similar in character to the local landscape and create a rich and diverse range of habitats, are at the heart of each planning application and Stancombe is no different.