This is an archived press release
Thursday 19 January 2006
19 January 2006
Public consultation starts on quarry route plan
Plans for a new haul route for quarry traffic have been registered by the Peak District National Park Authority, enabling public consultation to begin.
Quarry operators Block Stone submitted a planning application last month for a 1.4km route between New Pilhough Quarry (near Matlock) and the B5056, but extra environmental information was needed before it could be officially registered.
Statutory consultees, such as councils and environmental organisations, will be given 28 days to submit their views. Written comments from the public will be accepted up to the date the proposal is considered by the Authority’s planning committee, when the assessment process is complete.
The company proposes that the haul route would take quarry traffic away from public roads through villages including Stanton-in-Peak and Birchover.
The route would curve through fields north of Stanton-in-Peak, passing through Sheepwalk Wood and the edge of a conservation area, and crossing four public rights of way, and it would be temporary, for the life of the quarry.
Copies of the plans are being 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 public may see the plans at National Park Authority head office, Aldern House in Baslow Road, Bakewell, (tel: 01629 816200) during normal office hours. A CD-rom of the plans will also be available on request (for a small fee) within the next two weeks.
A second application for two extensions to New Pilhough Quarry is still awaiting the extra information needed for registration.