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Quarry near UNESCO site set to be transformed


A new housing development will be built next to a world heritage listed site from the remains of a quarry after being given the go-ahead in Scotland. 

A former quarry next to the Roman Antonine Wall in Scotland will be rehabilitated into housing for the local community in Croy.

The quarry ceased operations in 2017 after it was deemed to be too close the Roman Antonine Wall which is world-famous and regarded as one of Scotland’s most impressive tourist attractions.

The wall is thought to have been built by the Romans in 142AD as part of a frontier they were establishing. It stretched from Clyde to Forth, meaning it spanned across the country.

The new housing development is being spearheaded by Miller Homes which plans to build 77 homes on the 6.5 acre (3 hectare) site. The plans would be part of a wider rehabilitation of the quarry as it transforms its use for the first time since 2017.

 North Lanarkshire Council (NLC), according to reports from the BBC,  believes the proposal would not impact either the Unesco world heritage site or the surrounding “buffer zone”.

An NLC spokesperson told the BBC there was no requirement in this case for a contribution to be made towards education or other infrastructure in response to concerns about the development being near a school.

The council said the land was currently derelict with no public access due to safety reasons according to the BBC after it received several objections about the impact the development would have on green space.

The plans come at a time when Australian quarries have become subject to several rehabilitations projects including in Brisbane ahead of the 2032 Olympics.

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