Glastonbury boss Michael Eavis has been granted permission for stone to be taken from the site and used to build homes in the local area.
As SomersetLive reports, Somerset County Council have allowed the farmer and festival veteran to remove 400 tonnes of blue lias stone within Worthy Farm so that new properties can be built in his village of Pilton.
“It’s a good local story – building local housing for local people, using local materials,” said Councillor Mar Keating.
Despite concerns of noise problems, the council’s regulation committee unanimously agreed Eavis’ proposals last week. Councillor Nigel Hewitt-Cooper also said that he had received reports saying that quarrying had already begun.
“I can’t really see any planning reasons to refuse it,” he said.
“That said, this does appear to be retrospective. There’s nothing legally wrong with that – morally, perhaps – but we don’t have objections from statutory consultees. It’s not as if this is going on five days a week.”
Last year, Eavis’ role as a farmer saw him speak out on Queen guitarist Brian May’s vocal stance against badger culling – arguing that the process is a fight against the impact that bovine TB can cause when cattle become infected. Eavis is also a vice-president of the Somerset Wildlife Trust, whose official position is against the badger cull.
“He’s a danger to farming,” Eavis said about May. “He doesn’t care about the badgers – he doesn’t know anything about it at all.”
Stormzy, The Cure, The Killers and Janet Jackson are among the huge names on this year’s line-up. All tickets for Glastonbury 2019 are currently sold out, but a resale for unwanted tickets will take place on Sunday April 28.