Somerset ham stone quarry extension granted

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Stone will continue to be quarried from Ham Hill Country Park near Yeovil, Somerset, for the next 80 years after planning permission to extend the site was agreed.

The Iron Age hill fort, near Norton sub Hamdon, is the only place in the country where ham stone can be quarried but as of July 2010 it was estimated the current reserve would only last for 18 months.

With much of the remaining stone to the south of the park being deemed unusable, a new source was needed.

Permission has now been given by Somerset County Council to extend the quarry to the east of the current site....

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