Consultation gets underway on second quarry plan

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Friday 10 February 2006

10 February 2006

Consultation gets underway on second quarry plan

A plan to extend a Peak District quarry has been registered by the Peak District National Park Authority, enabling public consultation to begin.

Quarry operator Block Stone submitted the planning application in December but extra information was needed before it could be officially registered.

The appplication seeks permission to extend into two areas adjacent to New Pilhough Quarry in the parish of Stanton-in-Peak near Bakewell. In addition, the company is proposing to give up the rights to work Stanton Moor quarry, located between Stanton-in-Peak and Birchover villages.

Currently the company has permission to extract 18,000 tonnes of gritstone each year from an area covering 6.15 hectares.

The company is proposing to extend quarrying to two further areas north and south of the current operations, an extra 1.8 hectares. It is seeking permission to increase lorry movements from five in-and-out of the quarry during weekdays to eight in-and-out, and from four to six on Saturdays.

Under the plans, an extra 17,000 tonnes of gritstone would be extracted each year.

The company currently has permission to work the site until 2023, and the application is seeking to extend this until 2042.

Statutory consultees, such as councils and environmental organisations, have been invited to comment. Views are also being sought from members of the public and other interested parties – the deadline is 24 March.

This is the second Block Stone application to be registered recently - plans for a haul route to take quarry traffic away from public roads through villages including Stanton-in-Peak and Birchover, were registered in January and the public consultation deadline is 17 March.

Copies of both sets of plans have been sent to official consultees including Stanton-in-Peak, Birchover and Rowsley parish councils, Derbyshire County Council (the highways authority), Derbyshire Dales District Council, English Nature, the Environment Agency, and conservation and land use experts at the National Park Authority.

The plans can also be viewed at the National Park Authority’s head office, Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell, (tel: 01629 816200) during normal office hours. CD-roms of both plans are also available for a small fee which covers production costs.

Both applications will be decided by the Authority’s planning committee, though a date for the meeting has yet to be set. The Authority will not comment on the plans or pass any judgement prior to the committee.

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