Construction and building materials supplier Roadstone has withdrawn its application for a licence for a major sandstone quarry in east Cork.

An Bord Pleanála has confirmed that the construction company withdrew its application without condition yesterday.

A four-day oral hearing into the company's plans to extract 300,000 tonnes of sandstone from a 26.8 hectare site at Lackenbehy in east Cork has now been cancelled.

It had been due to go ahead from 1 October.

The withdrawal has been welcomed by the Lackenbehy Action Group.

Cork County Council had granted planning permission to the company to re-open the quarry, subject to 39 conditions.

These included providing almost €770,000 towards the upgrading of local roads, as well as conditions governing dust, mud, debris from the site, noise, blasting, and the protection of a breeding colony of Sand Martin as well as a ringfort on the site.

The board received ten appeals to the council's planning permission, among them one from the Lackenbehy Action Group.

An Bord Pleanála confirmed that it received notification from the company yesterday that it was making an unconditional withdrawal of the licence application made to the council.

Lackenbehy Action Group spokesperson Claire Carroll said that while they have yet to receive official confirmation of the withdrawal, they welcomed the news.

"The community has shown the board in great detail (in their appeal) why this application is a very bad idea for the site and we hope that Roadstone has finally accepted what we have been saying and will abandon the application for good and all."

There has been no comment from the company as of yet.