Our client purchased Cookswood Quarry, a 45-hectare, fully-worked quarry and secured planning permission for 150 holiday homes, a spa, restaurant and activity lake. This was no mean feat. The site was described as “one of Europe’s most environmentally-sensitive sites” featuring high quality habitats including a cave system and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Wanting to ensure the scheme was both commercially-viable and environmentally sensitive given its historic location, a variety of expert consultants were commissioned to consider the full range of impacts required by the EIA.

The creation of around 100 jobs in a rural area was an important consideration in the Local Authority’s deliberations. The site is now under construction and is due to open in 2019.