PLANS to extend the life of a quarry which produces between 300,000 and 350,000 tonnes of hard rock each year have been approved.

The Divet Hill quarry, near Great Bavington, had permission to continue operating until December 31 last year, with restoration by December 31, 2020.

Last Tuesday, members of Northumberland County Council’s strategic planning committee approved the condition that the quarry could now be worked until December 31, 2021, as well as extending the area of operation into a new part of the site.