This is an archived press release
Friday 18 June 2004
18 June 2004
ELEVENTH HOUR LEGAL BID FORCES AUTHORITY TO DEFER QUARRY REPORT
Eleventh hour legal representations have forced the Peak District National Park Authority to defer possible enforcement action against the operator of Backdale quarry.
Members of the Authority's planning control committee were due to meet today (18 June) to discuss taking action against operator MMC Ltd.
A report due to be discussed at the committee outlined allegations that the company has been breaking the terms of a 1952 planning permission by unlawfully extracting limestone.
However, at 3.30pm yesterday the Authority received last minute representations from the landowner Bleaklow Industries Ltd., forcing it to withdraw the report and defer the debate.
These representations, including the possibility of judicial review proceedings, raise significant legal considerations and the Authority must seek further legal advice before deciding on a course of action.
Chair of the National Park Authority's planning control committee, Councillor John Bull said: "Many people will be bitterly disappointed by this delay, but it is absolutely essential that we follow the proper legal process.
"We will progress this as quickly as we possibly can. Backdale quarry remains a priority for us and we will be seeking urgent legal advice before deciding on our next course of action."