NEW plans to carve out an enormous quarry the size of 165 football pitches on the banks of the Thames in Oxfordshire have been revealed.

Hills Quarry Products has submitted new, amended plans to extract sand and gravel at the 'Fullamoor Plantation' site near Clifton Hampden in South Oxfordshire.

Describing the scheme, Hill says its current proposal includes 'the extraction of sand, gravel and clay including the creation of new access, processing plant, offices with welfare accommodation, weighbridge, concrete batching plant and silt water lagoon system'.

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The company has also pledged to restore the site after the quarrying is finished to 'agriculture and nature conversation including lakes with recreational after uses'.

Hills has wanted to create a new quarry at the site for years.

Last year, the company welcomed an proposed package of road improvements around Didcot, saying it showed the 'critical need' for a local supply of sand and gravel.

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Local residents have long opposed a quarry in that location, arguing it would increase the congestion and pollution in the area and damage the green belt.

South Oxfordshire District Council has a page on the plans. Search at using code P19/S1362/CM