A controversial new quarry has been approved in Flixton despite pushback from residents.

Before its approval on Tuesday, the quarry first came before the Suffolk County Council committee on September 14, where it was deferred for a site visit.

The new development will act as an extension to the existing Flixton Park Quarry, to the west of Flixton, and be situated to the north-east of the village.

The plans estimate it will lead to the extraction of up to one million tonnes of sand and gravel over a five to six-year period.

During the first meeting, councillors heard from objector Claire Anderson, the owner of Nursery Cottage, a 17th-century grade-II property.

Ms Anderson said both she and her husband objected to the development "with every fibre" of their being.

This week, the committee heard again from Ms Anderson, who reiterated that the development had a "huge lack of public benefit", as well as fellow resident Diane Harris, who added the new quarry would have a "terrible impact in all sorts of ways".

Specifically, the two residents were concerned about the flooding risk their properties would be under, particularly in the wake of Storm Babet’s destruction, increased traffic, and loss of amenity.

However, reports concluded there would be "no or negligible degree of damage" to the residents’ properties.

While councillors were torn in September, the latest vote saw only two councillors vote against the plans.

Cllr Peter Beer, who moved to approve, said: “I feel that at the end of the day, all the experts have come out justifying it.

“I can’t see any reason for us not to approve this application.”