This is an archived press release
Monday 28 February 2005
28 February 2005
Legal appeal over Stanton Moor quarries to go ahead
A legal appeal to decide the status of Lees Cross and Endcliffe quarries will go ahead next week, after a request by the quarry company Stancliffe Stone to adjourn the case was refused by the Court of Appeal.
The decision by the Court of Appeal to dismiss the adjournment application means that it will hear Stancliffe Stone's appeal during early March. The court fully considered the company's grounds put forward in its application, but declined the request.
Peak District National Park Authority Chair Tony Hams said: "Although we agreed not to oppose Stancliffe Stone's request for an adjournment there was always a possibility that it would be refused, and so we continued with our preparations to defend the case.
"This means that we are fully prepared for next week's appeal and will vigorously defend the previous court decision that was in our favour. Whatever the court now decides, our efforts will be to try and end the threat of quarrying."
Last year the High Court confirmed the National Park Authority's view that the status of the quarries was dormant. Stancliffe Stone originally appealed against the court's decision, but last month it applied for an adjournment of the hearing.
The National Park Authority decided not to oppose the adjournment request because it would have allowed more time to explore possible solutions to the long-running controversy over the quarries.
The appeal will not consider whether the quarries should be reopened (they already have planning permission dating back to the 1950s), but will decide their legal status - dormant or active.
The status is important because, if dormant, modern conditions to control their working have to be agreed before stone extraction can start. In addition, the National Park Authority would have more freedom to impose conditions without the risk of having to pay compensation.
The quarries were declared dormant by the National Park Authority in the 1990s because they had not been worked for decades.
Until the status is resolved the quarries will remain dormant and no work can take place.