About us

We  have owned and operated Walleys Quarry since 2016. The history of the quarry itself dates back to 1924, when it was originally a brick and tile works. The decades since then have seen it move through various ownerships and uses, including clay extraction and ultimately landfill. Here we outline key milestones in the site’s history, including the Walley name emblazoned on bricks of buildings that still stand today. These are the facts that give an understanding of the background of the site prior to the last 5 years, an insight to its evolution to today, and look towards its future.

Cool Timeline

1924
January

When it was built

When it was built

When it was built – life as a quarry.

February

T. E. Walley Ltd. purchased the brick

T. E. Walley Ltd. purchased the brick

In 1924 T. E. Walley Ltd. purchased the brick and tile works of John Nash Peake in Cemetery Road, Silverdale.

1975
January

G.H. Downing & Co. Ltd

G.H. Downing & Co. Ltd

G.H. Downing & Co. Ltd. bought the business in 1975 but this only lasted until 1981 when the works was sold to Steetley and then closed 

1995
March

Lafarge Aggregates Ltd acquired the site

Lafarge Aggregates Ltd acquired the site

O30th March 1995 Lafarge Aggregates Ltd acquired the site. The site was originally developed as a quarry for the extraction of clay. 

1997
January

Tarmac took over Walleys Quarry

In 1997 Tarmac took over Walleys Quarry and got planning decision for the site to be a landfill (granted by the secretary of state). Planning conditions 2 and 8 of that permission specify that only inert waste, non-hazardous industrial and commercial wastes as well as stable non-reactive hazardous wastes shall be imported into the site. 

November

Site carried out in accordance with Planning Consent M23/02/011,

O14th November 1997 the landfill activities at the site carried out in accordance with Planning Consent M23/02/011, granted (on appeal) It permits the mining and working of minerals and the deposition of waste at Walleys Quarry site 

1998
July

Interim Development Order (IDO) planning consent

Interim Development Order (IDO) planning consent

Walleys landfill site was granted the associated Interim Development Order (IDO) planning consent reference IDO/N/1 on 15th July 1998. This planning consent is also subject to Review of Mineral Planning (ROMP) legislation introduced by the Environment Act 1995 as a requirement for Mineral Planning Authorities to review, every 15 years. 

2000
January

Persimmon Homes (Mercia) Ltd

In the period 2000 to 2005 Persimmon Homes (Mercia) Ltd sought planning permission to develop land immediately adjacent to the landfill, for over 280 residences.  

2006
January

Engineering work

In 2006 engineering work to develop the site as a landfill facility commenced by Tarmac who applied for planning permission.  

2007
January

Waste

Waste

January 2007 was when waste was first introduced.  

2010
January

Gas management

Gas management

Gas management was introduced in 2010.  The landfill gas power generation capabilities totalling 2MW. 

2014
January

On site treatment

On site treatment

On site treatment of leachate was introduced in 2014. 

2016
October

Lafarge Aggregates merged

Lafarge Aggregates merged

In October 2016 Lafarge Aggregates merged with Tarmac and Lafarge Tarmac subsequently sold the site to the current owners who commenced landfill operations in November 2016. 

2020
September

Landfill height

Landfill height

In September 2020 is when the height of the landfill became visible above ground level, becoming visible to the local eye.  

2026
December

Condition 2

Condition 2

Condition 2 states that the landfilling of non-hazardous waste and stable non-reactive hazardous wastes shall cease no later than 31st December 2026 and thereafter landfilling shall continue only with inert waste, such that the Site is restored no later than 21st February 2042.