This is an archived press release
Friday 21 October 2005
21 October 2005
National Park Authority agrees deadline extension on Stanton Moor quarries
The deadline for imposing modern working conditions on two dormant quarries on Stanton Moor has been extended six months.
Quarry operator Stancliffe Stone asked for the extension from October 31 to April 30 next year in order to gather more environmental information for its Lees Cross and Endcliffe quarries.
The Peak District National Park Authority agreed on the basis that it needs the fullest environmental information on the long-unused sites, which are now an overgrown wildlife habitat, in order to make a sound decision on what modern working conditions would need to be imposed if the quarries were to be reactivated.
At the same time, Stancliffe Stone is preparing a possible planning application to extend its active Dale View quarry, nearby.
That application could include the offer to surrender its rights to reactivate Lees Cross and Endcliffe.
National Park Authority director of conservation and development John Lomas said: "This does not necessarily mean that we leave the determination of modern working conditions until next April. We will continue to press for resolution of the outstanding environmental information, and if that happens, we may want to consider an earlier date."