This is an archived press release
Wednesday 22 September 2004
22 September 2004
National Park Authority to contest quarry appeal
The Peak District National Park Authority has pledged to continue to defend through the courts its position over Lees Cross and Endcliffe quarries.
Earlier this year the High Court came down in favour of the Authority and ruled that it was justified in classifying the quarries as legally 'dormant'.
However, quarrying company Stancliffe Stone - which believes that the quarries should be deemed '‘active' - has subsequently been granted leave to challenge the ruling.
Members have considered the case at a special meeting of the National Park Authority, and have confirmed their intention to contest the appeal.
The case now goes before the Court of Appeal.
In the run-up to the hearing the Authority will continue to talk to the company and other interests to seek ways to reduce the impacts of quarrying in the area.
Chair of the Peak District National Park Authority's Planning Control Committee, Councillor John Bull, said: "We expect the case to go before the Court of Appeal early in the new year - however, it should be stressed that until the case is resolved the quarries will remain dormant, which means that no work will take place."
The legal status of the quarries is important because, if dormant, modern conditions to control their working have to be agreed before stone extraction can start. In addition, the Authority would have more freedom to impose conditions without the risk of having to pay compensation.
The legal process will only determine the status of the quarries.
"People should be aware that the quarries already have planning permission, dating back to a Government consent in the 1950s," added Councillor Bull. "Consequently, no matter what the outcome of this legal process the permission remains valid."