Kesgrave: Future of quarry remains a mystery as sale boards go up on site

MYSTERY surrounds the future of a quarry site after it emerged it had been put up for sale.

Kesgrave Quarry, located just off Main Road, Kesgrave, has been put on the market and is being listed with commercial and residential estate agency Fenn Wright.

Details of the sale are yet to be released by current owner Cemex and the agency selling it has only divulged limited information on its website.

The Sink Pits site, which is comprised of around 37 acres of land and quarry, has planning permission for “stockpiling and recycling activities”.

On the website, the commercial property is described as having “the potential for a variety of uses, subject to planning”, with “good access to A12 and A14”.

It isn’t known what the site’s asking price is, although it is available to buy as a freehold or to lease.

Nearby residents had been in dispute with Cemex last year after the company applied to extend its operating hours. The application was subsequently withdrawn.

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A number of residents had voiced concerns over noise coming from the quarry and in October 2011 a group was invited to take a tour of the site.

A blog written on the Little Bealings Parish Council website reflecting the outcome of the resident’s tour expressed uncertainty over its future when it was published in November.

It says: “When pushed further to comment on the possible level of site activity when there is an upturn in the economic situation and an increase in the demand for asphalt, she again said that the site would not wish to extended hours of operation and that it may eventually be closed as a viable location for present activities.”

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