This is an archived press release
Friday 8 February 2008
8 February 2008
Drop-in session on Longstone Edge quarrying cases
The Peak District National Park Authority is holding a drop-in session to explain the latest position on quarrying at Backdale and Wagers Flat on Longstone Edge.
The session will be on Monday February 18 at Calver Village Hall, and people will be able to call in any time from 4pm to 8pm.
The main updating issues are:
- Backdale – an appeal is due to be heard in the High Court in London on February 27-29. The landowner, Bleaklow Industries Ltd, and operator MMC Midlands Ltd, are challenging the Planning Inspector’s decision to uphold the Authority’s enforcement notice (following a 10-day public inquiry last year).
- Wagers Flat – the same landowner and operator have asked for a separate enforcement notice to be declared null (void). The Planning Inspector is considering both sides’ written legal submissions. If the notice stands, an eight-day public inquiry is scheduled to start on May 13.
While a valid planning permission covers both sites, the Authority has taken legal action because it believes unauthorised limestone operations are doing irreversible harm to the landscape of the national park.
Communities around Longstone Edge, such as Great Longstone, Hassop, Calver, Froggatt and Curbar, are deeply concerned about what is going on. A local action-group was represented at last year’s Backdale public inquiry, and it has also been allowed by the Planning Inspectorate to give evidence to the Wagers Flat public inquiry.
The Authority’s director of strategy and development John Lomas said: “We are holding the drop-in session to keep residents informed as we enter a significant period in these long-running cases. While we will not be able to go into the detail of our legal arguments, we want to help them understand what is involved.”