This is an archived press release
Thursday 18 September 2008
18 September 2008
Welcome for end to quarry wrangle on Stanton Moor
The Peak District National Park Authority is delighted to have achieved a final agreement to save a historic Peak District moor from the re-activation of a dormant quarry.
Following extended negotiations with landowners and quarry operators, the final legal documents were completed this week. It ends years of controversy, court cases and concern over risks to bronze age remains such as the Nine Ladies Stone Circle on Stanton Moor, near Bakewell.
It means that quarry company Stancliffe Stone is voluntarily giving up, without compensation, the 1952 planning permission for Lees Cross and Endcliffe quarry on the edge of Stanton Moor - ending the possibility that it may be re-opened.
In exchange, the authority has issued planning permission for Stancliffe Stone to extend Dale View quarry, further away from the most sensitive sites.
Stanton Moor’s central sector includes nationally-significant archaeological remains and important wildlife habitats. The authority has long sought to protect this area and minimise quarrying’s impact on local communities, while acknowledging quarry operators’ existing rights. It drew up the Stanton Moor Principles in 2000 to define these priorities, after consultations with landowners, quarry operators and local people.
The current agreement was approved in principle by the authority in July 2007, but lengthy legal negotiations have had to take place before the final documents could be completed.
Welcoming an end to years of court cases and community action, Authority chair Narendra Bajaria said: “This is a great result for the authority, the company, the community, and most of all for the nationally-important heritage and wildlife of Stanton Moor.
“It brings to an end years of uncertainty for villagers, parish councils, action groups and the company concerned. We are grateful for the community’s support and patience while the negotiations were taking place, but it was necessary to secure the best solution that could have been achieved.”
The new Dale View quarry permission allows an extension of around three hectares and extra extraction of around 950,000 tonnes of gritstone - most of which will be used for building, walling and monumental purposes.
The operator will be required to manage nearby biodiversity habitats throughout the quarry’s 20-year active life, and commit to 20 years’ aftercare of the restored site as hay meadows.
Mike Jones, director of Stancliffe Stone, commented: “We’ve been working closely with the national park authority, local community and other interested parties to reach an agreement on Dale View. The quarried stone will be used for new build, heritage and restoration projects.
“We would like to thank all of the stakeholders involved in finalising this agreement, which will help protect the Nine Ladies Stone Circle, wildlife and surrounding landscape.”