Long-running quarry dispute ends

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Friday 16 January 2009

16 January 2009

Long-running quarry dispute ends

The Peak District National Park Authority has received confirmation that planning permission for quarries near historic remains on Stanton Moor has been formally withdrawn.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has confirmed a revocation order withdrawing planning permission for Lees Cross and Endcliffe quarries, close to the Bronze Age Nine Ladies Stone Circle on Stanton Moor, near Matlock.

It is the culmination of years of perseverance by the Authority, supported by many concerned people, to protect the area’s archaeological remains and wildlife habitats and to minimise the impact of quarrying on local communities.

It included lengthy negotiations with the quarry operators, landowners and community groups, and in 2004 the High Court upheld the Authority’s stance that the quarries were dormant.

Quarry operator Stancliffe Stone voluntarily offered to give up the planning permission without compensation in 2007 when it received the go-ahead for expansion at an alternative, less-sensitive quarry site, Dale View. A legal agreement with many interested parties then had to be completed before the revocation order could be issued.

Authority planning committee chair Hilda Gaddum said: “This is the final piece in the jigsaw for Lees Cross and Endcliffe quarries. It brings to an end years of uncertainty for local communities and the company concerned.

“We are grateful for the community’s support and patience, and for the co-operation of the company and landowners in reaching this agreement. We believe it is the best solution that could have been achieved for the environment, residents and all concerned.”

The area round Stanton Moor has been worked for gritstone since the 19th century. A number of quarry planning permissions were granted in the 1950s and do not expire until 2042.

Environmental protestors, who have camped in the quarry for several years, promised to leave when the revocation order was received.

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