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After 40 years, Burnley driving track needs a licence
AN off-road driving track deep in the Burnley countryside, which has operated for more than 40 years, has been placed in jeopardy.
Paul Atkinson says off-road cars and motorbikes have used part of Twist Hill Quarry as a course for more than four decades.
But the landowner, of Sweetwell Farm, Briercliffe, has been told by Burnley Council that he requires planning permission if the off-roading is to continue.
He has insisted that diversification is necessary in order to keep his upland hill farm, off Todmorden Road, ticking over.
Currently the site already houses boarding kennels, a cattery and clay pigeon shooting operation, council officials have been told.
Mr Atkinson’s planning agent John Metcalfe said: “The off-road driving and motorcycling activities involve negotiating bank and tracks created by the quarrying operations within the quarry confines.
“The activities are organised by longstanding members who ensure strict rules and safety procedures are adhered to.”
Recently Lancashire County Council gave planning permission for part of Twist Hill Quarry to be reused by Green’s Natural Stone Products.
But the driving activities are carried out in another unworked part of the location.
It is said that the nearest residential properties are more than a kilometre away at Monk Hall Lane and Elders I’th’Row.
Mr Metcalfe added: “The application is for the continuation of an activity which has taken place at Sweetwell Farm for over 40 years.
“Over that period the off-road activities have been carried out with no negative impacts on the environment or wildlife.”
The final decision will rest with the borough’s development control committee.
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