This is an archived press release
Tuesday 22 June 2004
22 June 2004
HIGH COURT SAYS STANTON MOOR QUARRIES ARE 'DORMANT'
The Peak District National Park Authority has welcomed today's High Court declaration that Endcliffe and Lees Cross Quarries at Stanton Moor should be legally classified as dormant.
The National Park Authority had listed the quarries as dormant under the provisions of the Environment Act 1995 because there had been no significant working in them for decades - however, Stancliffe Stone, the quarry company, disagreed and took the legal challenge to the High Court.
The High Court has refused leave for the company to appeal the decision. However, the company does have 28 days to seek leave to appeal with the Court of Appeal.
The National Park Authority was also awarded its costs.
The Authority will now consider the quarry company's submission for determination of working conditions at a future Planning Control Committee meeting - although this timescale would change should the company be granted leave to appeal.
Today's declaration gives the Authority more freedom to impose conditions restricting working of the quarries, without the risk of compensation.
Councillor John Bull, who chairs the Authority's planning control committee, said: "We welcome today's judgement which supports our view that the quarries are dormant. This is very good news because it reinforces our ability to safeguard the environment in such situations.
"We now want to move ahead as quickly as possible and determine a scheme of modern working conditions. We have a clear timetable and the matter will be considered by a special meeting of the Planning Control Committee before the end of July.
"We would also stress that we will be seeking further discussion with the company about the future of the quarries."