Major success for Authority's action on quarrying

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Friday 27 April 2007

27 April 2007

Major success for Authority's action on quarrying

Efforts by the Peak District National Park Authority to stop unauthorised quarrying of limestone at Longstone Edge have received a massive boost today, with the news that a planning inspector has decided in favour of the Authority's enforcement action.

The inspector's decision follows a public inquiry, which took place in February, into operations at Backdale Quarry on Longstone Edge near Bakewell.

The inquiry was prompted by Authority enforcement action to stop what it believed to be unauthorised limestone extraction from the quarry, causing irreversible harm to the landscape. Quarry owner Bleaklow Industries Ltd and operator MMC Mineral Processing Ltd had appealed against the action.

The decision upholds the Authority’s action, with some slight amendments.

Peak District National Park Authority chair Tony Hams said: "This decision is a major success. It has implications not just for Backdale, but for other areas on Longstone Edge covered by the same 1952 planning permission - Wagers Flat, Beacon Rod and Peak Pasture.”

Over recent months the Authority has been preparing enforcement action against what it believes is unauthorised limestone quarrying at Wagers Flat. Today’s decision gives support for that action.

Tony Hams added: “Although this is wonderful news I would stress that it is just one more step forward - allbeit a huge one - in our continuing efforts to protect Longstone Edge from unauthorised limestone extraction.”

Under the 1952 permission, minerals such as limestone should only be ‘won’ in the course of working for fluorspar. However, the Authority has always contended that Backdale was being worked for limestone.

“This ruling makes it clear that working for fluorspar cannot be used to remove huge quantities of limestone,” said Tony Hams.

The quarry owner and operator have four weeks to appeal against the ruling to the High Court.

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