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National Park moorland restored by enforcement action

This is an archived press release

Thursday 16 June 2011

A sensitive moorland site is being restored after enforcement action was taken to remove an unauthorised building made of pallets and a track excavated into a hillside.

The Peak District National Park Authority’s planning service took direct action to restore the land at Summerhill Clough Farm, near Upper Hulme, after the tenant failed to comply with enforcement notices requiring him to return the site to its original condition.

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The spectacular and remote moorland - which is prominent in the panoramic views from the Roaches, Hen Cloud and Ramshaw Rocks - had suffered since 2003 with a range of unauthorised developments including:

  • A building made of timber pallets, scaffolding and plastic sheeting
  • Storage of a caravan, truck body, scrap, pallets and other items
  • Unauthorised fences and gates
  • A long track excavated out of a steep moorland hillside

John Herbert, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority’s planning committee, said: “This is an area that is popular with locals and visitors as it has stunning panoramic views of remote national park moorlands.

“Due to the sensitive ecology of the moorland we decided that we could not wait any longer for the tenant to comply with the planning enforcement notices. So we have employed our own contractors to carry out the work and will be billing the tenant for the work carried out.

“It is not acceptable for the visual beauty of this area to be damaged in this way and we are determined to pursue this case until the land is fully restored.”

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Five planning enforcement notices were issued by the Peak District National Park Authority in 2009. The landowner and tenant appealed against the notices but their appeals were dismissed by a planning inspector who said the appearance of the land was a “truly appalling visual blight on the scenic beauty of what is otherwise a breathtaking landscape.”

The planning enforcement notices came into effect on 22 June 2010 and required the tenant to carry out work by mid February 2011 to demolish the building, stop storing items on the land and restore the land to heather moorland.

Despite negotiations with the tenant the work was not carried out so the Peak District National Park Authority decided to step in and do the work itself.

This is an archived press release

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