Newington Quarry (operated by Hanson UK) is located in Bawtry, Nottinghamshire, and produces sand and gravel. Planning Permission was sought for an extension to the mineral extraction quarry to the south and west of the worked area to allow the maintenance of production from the site.
The proposed extensions were located in a designated floodplain adjacent to the River Idle, with a statutory SSSI immediately to their south. The SSSI requires regular flooding to support its particular ecological features.
Restoration of the site was primarily for ecological enhancement with areas of wet grassland and reedbed in the more low-lying areas. Input was provided to the restoration design to ensure that it was hydrologically sustainable.