QUARRIER Ennstone has won permission to extend workings at one of its sites in Derbyshire.
The approved extension to its Breedon Quarry will boost capacity of the site by a further 16 million tonnes over its lifetime.
At current rates the firm will be able to extract limestone for at least another 15 years.
The permissions for the 71 ha site include a 24.2 ha extension to its existing quarry, a 16.1 ha extension to the east of the current work and new roads and landscaping covering 30.5 ha.
According to Ennstone chairman Vaughan McLeod, the permission is a victory for its mineral planning approach of discussions with all parties.
He said: 'Our approach has been highly successful. It means our business has achieved our 2004 objective of gaining approval for extending permissions at more than three times our annual extraction rate.'