Authority disappointed by High Court ruling

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Wednesday 29 November 2006

29 November 2006

Authority disappointed by High Court ruling

The Peak District National Park Authority has expressed disappointment at today’s High Court ruling regarding quarrying on Winster Moor.

The judicial review has ruled in favour of local quarry company Bleaklow Industries.  The Authority is now reviewing the details of the judgment.

Bleaklow Industries launched the legal challenge against the Authority in 2004, and the hearing took place last week.

The challenge stemmed from a planning permission granted by the Authority in September 2004 to another quarry company – Glebe Mines Ltd – to extract vein minerals from a seven-hectare area at Winster.

As part of the planning agreement attached to the permission, Glebe Mines surrendered its right to work vein mineral on a 105-hectare area of Longstone Edge, owned by Bleaklow Industries, near Hassop and Calver.

Although a judge ruled in January 2005 that the National Park Authority’s decision was justified, at a subsequent hearing in October 2005 a different judge granted leave to apply for a judicial review on technical grounds.

Peak District National Park Authority planning committee Chair Narendra Bajaria said: “We are disappointed at the outcome of the hearing. The judgment shows the complexity of the legal issues we are facing.  We are looking closely at the detail before deciding on our next course of action and will advise the public again within a few weeks.”

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