One of Yorkshire’s most valuable spaces for nature, Brockadale has long been loved by residents from across the county. Throughout the pandemic, Brockadale has been a haven for thousands of people, providing a rare natural and open space in an otherwise developed part of the county.
We, along with several national nature conservation organisations and local community groups, objected to the quarry’s extension. We remain concerned that, among other things, the dust from the extension risks smothering the reserve’s rare and endangered wildlife.
The Government’s own Official Statistics show 85% of Yorkshire’s residents are ‘concerned about damage to the natural environment’. An increasing number of people realise and experience the importance of nature recognised by the UK Government recently making commitments to become a world leader in restoring nature. By voting to approve this application, North Yorkshire County Councillors have chosen to ignore the wishes of Yorkshire folk and the ambitions of the UK Government.
“The people of Yorkshire value Yorkshire’s nature,” said Danny Heptinstall, Director of Policy and Partnerships at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. “More and more Yorkshire folk want to see Yorkshire’s nature restored and not destroyed. By approving this application, North Yorkshire County Councillors have shown they are out of step with the people of Yorkshire and the nation.”