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Long-running quarry case to go to Court of Appeal

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Monday 28 July 2008

28 July 2008

Long-running quarry case to go to Court of Appeal

The Peak District National Park Authority has been granted permission to appeal against a High Court decision over alleged harmful quarrying on Longstone Edge, near Bakewell.

Judges in London decided today (Mon July 28) that both the national park authority and the Department for Communities and Local Government had a case that should be heard by the Court of Appeal.

They also agreed the case should be heard quickly - possibly before the end of this year.

The decision relates to limestone operations at Backdale, at the eastern end of Longstone Edge, which the national park authority contends is harming the national park’s special landscape.

This is the latest in a long series of legal contests over the site. In March, a High Court judge overturned the verdict of last year’s public inquiry which had upheld the national park authority’s enforcement action. As a result, extraction resumed at Backdale and has been carrying on ever since. It is this decision that the Court of Appeal will now review.

National park authority chief executive Jim Dixon said: “We welcome this decision - it’s clearly good news that the judges agreed with our case there is a need for serious scrutiny of the High Court judgment.

“However, we must make it clear that the Authority will not be in a position to issue a stop notice at the site until the appeal has been heard, and we will continue to pursue a permanent solution to the problems of quarrying, here and across the wider area of Longstone Edge.”

The landowner Bleaklow Industries Ltd and operator, MMC Mineral Processing Ltd, are operating under a 1952 planning permission for “the winning and working of fluorspar and barytes and for the working of lead and any other minerals which are won in the course of working those minerals.” The authority contends that the limestone operations go beyond this planning permission.

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