This is an archived press release
Friday 23 December 2005
23 December 2005
Authority pledges full consultation on quarry proposals
Local communities will be fully consulted if planning applications to extend New Pilhough Quarry and build a new haul road are to be considered, the Peak District National Park Authority has promised.
Wingerworth-based quarry company Block Stone has already held an informal public meeting to consult residents of Stanton-in-Peak, near Matlock, and surrounding villages near the quarry site.
The Authority received the applications on December 22 and is currently assessing their validity.
If they are considered valid, interested parties including parish councils would be consulted in line with normal practice prior to the Authority’s Planning Committee reaching any decisions. The applications are accompanied by environmental statements.
The proposed haul route passes to the north of Stanton-in-Peak, linking the quarry to the B5056.
A second application proposes two extensions to the north and south of the existing New Pilhough Quarry. The company is proposing to give up, without compensation, their rights to work the remainder of the nearby Stanton Moor Quarry.
The National Park Authority will issue a further public statement early in the New Year, once the validity of the applications has been assessed.