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Friday 17 June 2005
17 June 2005
National Park Authority welcomes appeal court ruling
The Peak District National Park Authority has welcomed a Court of Appeal judgement on the legal status of two quarries on historic Stanton Moor, near Bakewell.
The Court of Appeal, following a two-day hearing in March, has dismissed a claim that the National Park Authority had wrongly classified the long-unused Lees Cross and Endcliffe quarries as "dormant".
The decision means that the operators, Stancliffe Stone, cannot re-activate the quarries until modern environmental conditions have been imposed.
The company had argued that they should be classified as "active", which would have made effective controls much more difficult.
National Park Authority chair of planning Narendra Bajaria said: "While we welcome the Court of Appeal's ruling, we now have to carefully consider the best way forward in the interests of protecting the National Park."
"The Authority's members will review the options it now has in the coming months. The original planning permission remains valid, and we will have to specify working conditions for the quarries unless an alternative solution can be found."
Since Stancliffe Stone originally applied to the Court of Appeal last summer, it has been exploring alternative ways of resolving the long-running controversy, which could include seeking permission to work a different site. They could, however, seek leave to appeal against this judgment to the House of Lords.
One of the reasons the issue has been in the media spotlight is that the quarries are close to the villages of Stanton Lees and Stanton-in-the-Peak, where residents feared further disturbance from quarrying and increased lorry traffic. In addition, Stanton Moor contains prehistoric remains including the Nine Ladies stone circle. It is also an important wildlife haven and a popular spot for walkers.
Lees Cross and Endcliffe quarries were originally granted planning permission in 1952, before environmental and heritage issues were so prominent and when quarry operations were less intensive.