The South West Business Council recently supported our member E & JW Glendinning Ltd in their five-year planning process with Linhay Hill Quarry’s mineral planning authority, the Dartmoor National Park Authority, to gain planning permission approval for their multi-million pound quarry extension in Dartmoor.

Glendinning, a South West-based and family-run quarry operator and construction materials manufacturers, contributes £6 million a year to the Devon and Dartmoor local economy via the procurement of goods and services. 

For the Dartmoor quarry project, Glendinning sought planning permission from the Dartmoor National Park mineral planning authority to extend the limestone quarry in Ashburton, on the border of Dartmoor. 

The South West Business Council assisted Glendinning with their planning permission documentation, most notably through an economic review to identify the benefits of extending the quarry for the region as well as the impact for local stakeholders and communities.

Through the South West Business Council’s review, which highlighted the importance of the project to local authorities and stakeholders, Glendinning were able to secure the planning permission to enable the vital quarry expansion to commence. 

Using their influence with local government and the expertise and experience of their board, the South West Business Council were also able to help Glendinning to positively communicate their project during community and stakeholder discussions. This led to the necessary support and backing from the relevant planning officers and committee members.

Glendinning secured a decision notice on planning permission for the site in March 2021 and work is due to commence shortly. In December of 2021, SWBC also provided a summary and up-to-date revision of the economic review, in response to an inquiry concerning the expansion. This additional support has allowed Glendinning’s project to continue in line with their approved plans. 

Barry Wilson, Managing Director at Glendinning, said: “The South West Business Council have provided absolutely tremendous support with procuring planning permission for the Ashburton quarry project.

“Our membership with the South West Business Council has felt more like a partnership thanks to their ongoing support. Tim Jones and his network were essential in identifying and communicating further benefits of the quarry extension to encourage support for the project. 

“The independent viewpoint of the review, drawn together from such a credible voice as the South West Business Council, clearly communicated the importance of the project and helped us progress with our plans. The South West Business Council’s contribution to our success in this project going forward holds significant weight”. 

Paul Coles, CEO of the South West Business Council, said: “We’re always enthusiastic about supporting the important endeavours of our members.

“The expansion of the Ashburton quarry offers clear benefits to the South West which our economic review communicates. We are passionate about maintaining a strong eco-system of members and partners that can provide one another with the growth and communication opportunities necessary for the progression of innovative projects in the region”. 

SWBC offers its members access to a network of regional businesses and authorities, provides updates and seminars addressing opportunities and challenges, and hosts and promotes conferences examining topics of importance in the South West, such as the expansion of the Ashburton quarry. 

To find out more about South West Business Council membership, please visit: www.southwestbusinesscouncil.co.uk/membership

To find out more about Glendinning, please visit: www.ejwglendinning.co.uk