This is an archived press release
Friday 15 December 2006
15 December 2006
Authority seeks further information on quarrying at Wager’s Flat
A legal notice has been served by the Peak District National Park Authority to help it determine whether quarrying activity at Wager's Flat now breaches a planning permission.
The Planning Contravention Notice is the first step towards possible enforcement action against quarry operator MMC Ltd and site owner Bleaklow Industries.
The controversial operations at Wager's Flat, on Longstone Edge near Bakewell, will be discussed by the National Park Authority's Planning Committee on 19 January.
Wager's Flat is covered by a planning permission issued by the Government in 1952. Quarrying activity started at the site in July 2006. However, the Authority has received allegations that this has now extended beyond the terms of the permission.
The Planning Contravention Notice requires the quarry operator to provide the Authority with the information it needs to decide whether the extraction is in breach of the permission.
Chair of the Peak District National Park Authority’s Planning Committee Narendra Bajaria said: The works at Wager's Flat are extremely controversial and there is a great deal of frustration in the local community, which we share. However, we must accept that the area is covered by a valid planning permssion.
Before we can consider whether we can take any further action we must follow the proper legal process by serving the Planning Contravention Notice.
"We intend to have a full and open discussion on Wager's Flat at our next Planning Committee on 19 January. Interested parties will be able to put their views to members at the meeting.”
People wanting to speak at that meeting must make a formal request at least two days before. To find out more visit www.peakdistrict.gov.uk and click on ‘committee meetings’ or phone Democratic Services on 01629 816362 / 382.
Alongside serving the Planning Contravention Notice, the National Park Authority continues to prepare for a public inquiry, scheduled for February 2007, which will examine operations at nearby Backdale Quarry on Longstone Edge.