This is an archived press release
Friday 16 March 2007
16 March 2007
Quarry exchange proposal deferred
The Peak District National Park Authority’s planning committee has today (16 March) deferred making a decision on a proposal to extend a quarry.
Stancliffe Stone was seeking permission to extend Dale View quarry on Stanton Moor, in return for giving up all rights to work the nearby Lees Cross and Endcliffe quarries.
However, the committee expressed concerns that the company’s proposal to extend Dale View by an additional 3.18 hectares and increase the amount of gritstone removed by an additional 1.124 million tonnes over 21 years, would be too much and not a fair exchange for giving up the rights to Lees Cross and Endcliffe.
Although the committee deferred making a decision, the Authority remains keen to progress with an exchange. Under a planning consent granted by the Government in 1952, Stancliffe Stone has permission to work Lees Cross and Endcliffe quarries, covering 11.6 hectares, until 2042.
These quarries are close to areas of archaeological and ecological interest on Stanton Moor - including the Scheduled Ancient Monument, which covers a large area of the moor including the Nine Ladies Stone Circle.
With this in mind the Authority will seek further negotiations with Stancliffe Stone.
Chair of the planning committee, Narendra Bajaria, said: We sincerely hope that by working together we can reach an acceptable agreement on the area and amount of stone to be extracted from Dale View. The community representatives who attended the committee were not against the principle of an exchange and a consensus is starting to emerge.”