A FORMER limestone quarry in the Yorkshire Dales is set to undergo a transformation.

Giggleswick Quarry, near Settle, has been bought by Fox Taylor Properties, which plans to turn it into an industrial facility.

The 31-acre redundant quarry was previously owned and operated by Hanson UK, which closed the site more than 10 years ago after extracting all its reserves.

Jeremy Taylor, of Fox Taylor Properties, said: “We’ll be taking a similarly sympathetic approach to the redevelopment of Giggleswick Quarry as we did with Settle Town Hall, which will be in keeping with the stunning surroundings of the Yorkshire Dales.

“Once complete it will offer a high quality and sustainable industrial facility for local business, as well as giving a redundant site a new lease of life and reducing the need to develop more greenfield land in the area.”

Tom Galloway, of estate agent Dacre, Son and Hartley which handled the sale, said: “This is one of the most unusual properties we’ve ever handled.

“It has a dramatic appearance in a stunning location, at the southern end of Giggleswick Scar, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, but still within walking distance of all Settle’s amenities and its road and rail links, as well as offering easy access to Skipton and the M6.”