Wienerberger has received planning permission to extract clay from a new 52 hectare site at Paradise Farm in Newington.
The extraction will allow Wienerberger to continue producing its London Stock bricks and secure the future of Speed Dean brickworks in Sittingbourne, Kent.
It will take place over a three-month period each year for the next 17 years before the land is returned to agriculture.
Brick earth will be removed from the ground, and the land will then be immediately filled with topsoil that will aid in the site’s instant restoration over the remaining nine months.
Smeed Dean is the only remaining factory specialising in the production of traditional yellow bricks and to this day, Smeed Dean continues to use the original method and formula, which has been the same for more than 200 years.
Wienerberger commented: “We’re thrilled to have been granted planning permission at the Paradise Farm site. The progression not only enables us to meet the high demands of the infamous London Stock brick and preserve its future, but it also secures our Smeed Dean brickworks.”
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