CEMEX Cambusmore Quarry, Stirlingshire

CEMEX is a leading global producer and marketer of cement, concrete and other building materials. In the UK it is a major producer of ready-mixed concrete, aggregates and asphalt. It is also the third-largest cement producer and is the leading supplier of concrete sleepers to the UK’s rail industry.

In Scotland, CEMEX is involved in the extraction, processing and marketing of sand and gravel and crushed rock aggregates and the production of ready mixed concrete, asphalt and coated roadstone for the creation and maintenance of our built environment including homes, schools, offices, factories and roads. From its base at Uddingston in North Lanarkshire, the company operates 11 quarries, 5 asphalt plants and 14 ready-mix plants, including Cambusmore Quarry, Callander.

Cambusmore Quarry is located 450m to the south east of Callander, Stirlingshire and is accessed via the A84 south east of Keltie Bridge. The site is divided into three distinct areas.

The quarry produces in the region of 400,000 tonnes of sand and gravel per annum, which feeds into the local and regional construction industry.

CEMEX will be submitting a planning application to amend the already approved planning proposals in respect the working and restoration of Phases 19 and 20. In addition to the information provided below, further details of the application will be available on this site shortly. As part of the pre-application consultation process, the company will be holding a public exhibition of the proposals in Meeting Room 1 of the McLaren Community Centre, Callander on Wednesday, September 21st between 4.00 pm and 8.00 pm.

Planning Background

Extraction of sand and gravel followed by restoration of the 168 hectare quarry was approved in January 1997 by Stirling Council under Planning Permission reference S/96/0267/MIN. The permission was subject to nineteen planning conditions and made provision for twenty phases of working and for a conveyor crossing over the River Teith to work an area known as the ‘Braes of Greenock’ (Phases 19 and 20). The principal part of the consented area (everything except Phase 18) now lies within the administrative area of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.

The approved working plans for the quarry envisaged Phases 19 & 20 (located on the west side of the River Teith) to be ‘Dry Worked’ above the water table and restored to agricultural use.


The Proposal

Phases 19 & 20 of the Cambusmore Quarry are estimated to contain in the region of 1.2 million tonnes of economically viable reserves of sand and gravel, which at current rates of extraction would take between 3 and 4 years to work, with restoration taking a further 2 years to complete.

CEMEX has recently undertaken a reappraisal of the groundwater levels within Phases 19 and 20, which has indicated that groundwater levels are higher than originally envisaged (although they do vary seasonally). In addition, a renewed geological assessment indicates that mineral reserves are deeper and more concentrated towards the northern end of the site than previously envisaged. As a consequence, the company intends to apply for planning permission to amend the working and restoration proposals for Phases 19 and 20. The revised method of quarrying would involve working the underlying permitted reserve via a long arm reach hydraulic excavator and to seasonally work during the drier summer months. The revised restoration would result in the overall landform being reinstated to a mix of pasture grassland, woodland, habitat ponds, gravel islands and a water-body. The indicative restoration scheme for the site is provided below;


The Planning Application

A planning application will be submitted to the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority in November or December 2016.

Once the planning application is received by the National Park Authority, it will undergo a thorough consultation process where organisations such as Scottish Natural Heritage and SEPA will be offered the opportunity to comment on the proposals.

The National Park Authority will also accept comments on the planning application from members of the public.

The National Park Authority will assess the planning application against planning policy contained within the adopted and emerging Development Plan, which consists of:

  • The adopted Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Local Plan 2010 - 2015; and
  • The proposed Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Local Development Plan.

The National Park Authority will consider all comments received by formal consultees and members of the public before making a final decision on the planning application.

We would like to know what you think about our proposals. Comments can be made in the following ways;

Please ensure all comments are submitted to us no later than they 7th October 2016 to ensure that they can be considered.

Contact Information

To make a comment or for further information please contact us at planninggb@cemex.com.

Community Information

You will be able to view an online version of our community exhibition here shortly


You will be able to view our community leaflet here shortly 

For further information on this project please contact Ian Southcott at::

CEMEX UK Materials Limited

E Mail: ian.southcott@cemex.com