This is an archived press release
Tuesday 7 March 2006
6 March 2006
Public participate in consultation on quarry plans
The Peak District National Park Authority is currently receiving residents’ views on two proposals for New Pilhough Quarry, near Stanton-in-Peak, as part of the planning consultation process.
The public and other non-statutory consultation groups have until March 17 to present their opinions on quarry company Block Stone’s plan for a new haul route to take quarry traffic away from public roads which go through Stanton-in-Peak, Rowsley and Birchover.
And they have until April 7 to make comments on Block Stone’s application to extend New Pilhough Quarry in two areas north and south of current operations.
The National Park Authority will not make any comment on the plans until they are considered by the planning committee at a future date.
Copies of both applications have been sent to official consultees including Stanton-in-Peak, Birchover and Rowsley parish councils, Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council, English Nature, the Environment Agency, and conservation and land use experts at the National Park Authority.
The plans may also be viewed at the 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 to cover production costs.
- The haul route proposal is for a 1.4km road between New Pilhough Quarry and the B5056, to last for the life of the quarry. It would pass north of Stanton-in-Peak, through Sheepwalk Wood and a conservation area, and cross four public rights of way.
- The extensions application includes a proposal that Block Stone would give up its rights to work Stanton Moor quarry, between Stanton-in-Peak and Birchover. It would add an extra 1.8 hectares to the current 6.15-hectare New Pilhough quarry, expanding production from 18,000 tonnes of gritstone a year to 35,000 tonnes. The company is also seeking permission to increase lorry-movements from five in and five out on week-days to eight in and eight out, and from four to six on Saturdays. In addition, it is applying to extend permission to work the site to 2042 (the current end date is 2023).