This is an archived press release
Tuesday 15 May 2007
15 May 2007
Authority takes action to stop unauthorised quarrying at Wagers Flat
The Peak District National Park Authority has today acted to stop unauthorised quarrying at Wagers Flat, on Longstone Edge near Bakewell.
The Authority has issued enforcement and stop notices against the quarry operators MMC Ltd and owner Bleaklow Industries Ltd.
Under the terms of the notices, which come into effect tomorrow, all operations must stick to a 1952 planning consent, which states that limestone can only be worked in the course of extracting vein minerals such as fluorspar.
Quarrying started at Wagers Flat in 2006 after the Authority issued enforcement and stop notices against work at nearby Backdale Quarry, at the eastern end of Longstone Edge - which is owned and operated by the same companies.
The companies appealed but following a public inquiry in February 2007, a planning inspector has agreed that unlawful limestone extraction was taking place at Backdale. Crucially, he also ruled that extraction of limestone should be subordinate to the working of fluorspar.
Although the inquiry focused on Backdale, his view is relevant to all areas of Longstone Edge covered by the 1952 permission, including Wagers Flat.
Chair of the National Park Authority's planning committee Narendra Bajaria said: "Taking action to limit operations at Wagers Flat is an important step forward in the Peak District National Park Authority's efforts to stop mass unauthorised quarrying of limestone from Longstone Edge.
"The inspector's decision in favour of the Authority has implications not just for Backdale but also for other quarry sites on Longstone Edge covered by the 1952 permission. The view of the Authority and now the inspector is that fluorspar is the primary mineral that should be taken under this permission.
"Following our enforcement action today at Wagers Flat, we will monitor all areas covered by the permission closely. The companies can appeal against the notices but the restrictions would stay in force pending the appeal outcome.”