I have registered my objection to a further application from Patersons to quarry at the Overburns site as the consultation closed earlier this month.
It is well documented that Patersons of Greenoakhill have been pursuing the Overburns site for quarrying over the last seven years and this is their third application. Previous applications have been rejected by South Lanarkshire Council and the Reporter on appeal.
I am disappointed that this application has been submitted. The community, the Council and the Scottish Government have previously ruled that Overburns is not a suitable site for a quarry yet despite this, we continue to be faced with renewed applications.
I raised a number of concerns in my objections to the earlier applications and I cannot see that these have been addressed. In addition to this my concerns about the flooding have only increased given the terrible weather at the beginning of the year and the effect this had on the area.
Patersons have made renewed attempts to improve the restoration aspect of their proposal post quarrying, but the visual landscape will still be detrimentally impacted. We are privileged to live in an area of such beautiful countryside and it would be unforgivable if this quarry is allowed.
Overburns is an example of the waste of time and resources created as a result of repeat applications, not to mention the emotional toll on the community who have fought so hard against it over the years.
Last year I met with the Cabinet Secretary responsible for the Scottish Government’s Planning Review and impressed upon him the need to address this issue of repeat applications. The Review Panel have recently published their recommendations which include creating a mechanism for the ‘collective community perspective’ to be built into the appeal process. This is to prevent ‘local democracy’ being undermined.
I very much welcome this and I have requested a meeting with Kevin Stewart, the new Minister for Local Government and Housing, to discuss how this can be taken forward .