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National Park Authority seeks appeal on High Court judgment

This is an archived press release

Friday 18 April 2008

18 April 2008

National Park Authority seeks appeal on High Court judgment

The Peak District National Park Authority is to challenge a High Court ruling over its enforcement action to control the extent of limestone quarrying at Backdale on Longstone Edge.

At a special meeting on April 18, the Authority decided to appeal against the recent High Court ruling of Mr Justice Sullivan, who overturned a Planning Inspector’s decision to uphold the Authority’s action following a public inquiry last year.

At the same time, the Authority is to continue discussions with government ministers, seeking help to achieve a permanent solution, which could include revocation of the planning permission granted in 1952.

And it will also pursue talks with landowners, mineral rights owners and operators working on the extensive area of Longstone Edge covered by the 1952 permission.

Authority deputy chair Hilda Gaddum said: “Our aim all along has been to stop irreversible damage to the prominent landscape feature of Longstone Edge. This issue is at the top of the Authority’s priorities, and we firmly believe we have grounds to appeal.”

A newly-formed national coalition of community and environmental groups had written to the Authority as part of its campaign for a permanent solution.

The coalition – of the Council for National Parks, Save Longstone Edge Group, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Friends of the Peak District, British Mountaineering Council, Ramblers Association, Friends of the Earth and Plantlife – has also written to Communities and Local Government Secretary Hazel Blears and Environment Secretary Hilary Benn.

Following the meeting, Save Longstone Edge representative John Lambert, speaking on behalf of the coalition, said: “We really want to work together to ensure a permanent solution is found quickly. Otherwise we will continue to lose the landscape we treasure.”

More background can be found on www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/longstone-edge

This is an archived press release

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