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Public inquiry into quarrying on Longstone Edge

This is an archived press release

Tuesday 30 August 2005

30 August 2005

Public inquiry into quarrying on Longstone Edge

A public inquiry into quarrying activities at Backdale, on Longstone Edge is set for September 14-16 in the Paxton Room at the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton.

Quarry operating company MMC Ltd and the landowner Bleaklow Industries Ltd are appealing against an enforcement notice issued by the Peak District National Park Authority, which believes the operating company is taking too much limestone from Backdale Quarry - harming the landscape.

Under a 1952 planning consent for the quarry, limestone may only be taken out in the course of extracting vein minerals such as fluorspar, barytes or lead.

An independent geological expert advised the National Park Authority that considerably more limestone was being extracted from Backdale than was necessary to get at the vein minerals, in breach of the planning consent.

Leicester-based MMC Ltd, and the landowners Bleaklow Industries Ltd contend the work is within the 1952 planning permission.

MMC Ltd began operations at Backdale Quarry in July 2003, and the National Park Authority issued the enforcement notice in November 2004 once legal advice had been fully considered.

The quarry is close to popular walking areas near the villages of Hassop and Calver.
Interested parties such as the Save Longstone Edge group and the Campaign to Protect Rural England have submitted statements in support of the National Park Authority and will be represented at the Public Inquiry.

They have also urged their supporters to write to the Inspector, Martin Joyce, who will issue his findings later in the year.

This is an archived press release

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