There has been a limestone quarry at Whitwell since 1958. The quarry is an important source of construction materials in North Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire markets and is one of the few sites in the UK to supply a special industrial grade of limestone which is vital for steelmaking.
We have submitted to Derbyshire County Council a planning application to secure the long term future of Whitwell Quarry. For more details click on The Planning Application link below.
We are applying for permission to work the remaining economic limestone reserves, including four lateral extensions (with 4.8million tonnes of limestone) and the extension of the duration of quarry extraction up to 2040.
In order to extract the limestone a section of rock is broken up by applying explosives. Each blast is designed by computer program to safely release up to 50,000 tonnes of stone at a time and minimise ground vibration.
The limestone being extracted at Whitwell Quarry are of Permian age (299-252 million years old) and these lie on top of older, Carboniferous aged material that are 320-300 million years old.
We will continue to progressively restore the quarry as areas become available following the completion of limestone extraction and are no longer required operationally.
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