PLANS have been submitted for Uttoxeter quarry to be transformed into a sailing lake with footpaths, cycle paths and a nature conservation area.
East Staffordshire Borough Council planning chiefs have received the application for the long-awaited recreational facilities at Uttoxeter Quarry, in Ashbourne Road, Spath.
The natural spot would include a lake for water sports, a conservation area for wildlife and a footpath and cycle path.
A proposed cricket ground and sailing club house are part of the plans to make a ‘Uttoxeter legacy’ and recreational area.
Plans drawn up by Aggregate Industries said: “Informal recreation would be concentrated around walking, bird and wildlife viewing, with picnic areas.
“The range of restored habitats will make it an important refuge for many species of wildlife from insects to birds, fish to bats, trees and flowers and will therefore be interesting for viewing wildlife.
“Formal recreation facilities on the site would be limited to sailing and water sports.
“Under these proposals, the restoration strategy remains broadly similar to the approved strategy for Uttoxeter Quarry which included the creation of areas suitable for agriculture and water areas with a potential for nature conservation and recreation.
“The focus of the scheme is the creation of a series of water bodies of varying size, shape and depth for different intended uses.
“In addition the silt lagoons would be restored as reedbeds and areas of agricultural land would be created to the east and west of the site.”
The application has been in the pipeline for a number of years as the quarry use was previously extended and controversial applications for a wind turbine were submitted and finally rejected for the site after residents voiced their concerns.
No objections have been received for the application so far.
Production at Uttoxeter Quarry commenced in November 2001 after permission was granted in 2000.
The site is situated approximately 1.5 kilometres north of Uttoxeter on the B5030 Uttoxeter to Mayfield Road.
Materials produced from the quarry, sourced from a river terrace deposit, include concreting sand and graded gravels.
Geoff Morrison, who represents Uttoxeter Town at Staffordshire county council, said: “I am looking forward to the finished leisure facilities.”