Glendinning to propose Devon quarry extension
Glendinning is set to submit a planning application in 2015 proposing the extension of the Linhay Hill Quarry, which it hopes will secure 240 jobs for at least 40 years.
The limestone quarry is currently "economically viable for up to 12 years".
The quarry has supplied materials such as ready-mix concretes, asphalt, paving, sand and lime for new roads and highways maintenance, the construction of schools, homes and hospitals across Devon for half a century.
The land for the proposed extension is owned by Glendinning on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park.
Ian Glendinning, chairman of E & JW Glendinning, said that planning consent will sustain a business which "contributes £6m a year to the Devon and Dartmoor local economy".
"This quarry extension is not about increasing profitability or profit – it is about maintaining our current business activity," added Glendinning. "We will not be increasing lorry traffic to and from our quarry and we will not need to compulsory purchase land or property to achieve this.
"Nothing is going to happen imminently on site but we must start planning for the future so that Linhay Hill Quarry can continue to support our community and economy beyond 2027."
Glendinning, which was established in 1958, employs 240 staff across six sites in Devon (Ashburton, Exeter, Paignton and Plymouth) and one in Cornwall (Launcells, near Bude).
The application will be submitted to the Dartmoor National Park Authority.