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National Park Authority moves to protect two Peak District quarry sites

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Friday 15 November 2013

The National Park Authority is taking steps to protect the national park at two quarry sites, at Longstone Edge and Stanton Moor.

Under mineral planning regulations if an old mineral permission has been suspended for at least two years, because of a lack of information required from the applicant to enable the Authority to set modern working conditions, and work appears to have permanently ceased, the National Park Authority has a duty to issue a Prohibition Order.

Prohibition Orders prevent mineral work resuming and can require quarry companies to restore the landscape.

To make a Prohibition Order the Authority has to take into account all relevant factors and evidence when assessing whether work has permanently stopped at the site, including the quality and quantity of workable mineral and whether there is any genuine intention to work the site.

Members of the Peak District National Park Authority's planning committee today (Friday 15 November) made the following decisions:

At Deep Rake, Hassop (Longstone Edge East), based on evidence provided by owners and operators, geotechnical specialists and the Authority's planning files, the Authority is to make a Prohibition Order to stop mineral extraction resuming there.

Planning permission was granted in 1952 at the eastern end of Longstone Edge for the extraction of fluorspar, barytes, lead and other minerals. The permission on part of the site was suspended in November 2010, when the operator Bleaklow Industries Ltd failed to provide required environmental information.

A Prohibition Order has to be confirmed by the Secretary of State before it can take effect.

For Stanton Moor Quarry, based on evidence provided by the operator Block Stone Ltd, geotechnical specialists and the Authority's planning files, the Authority deferred a decision for four months on whether work has permanently ceased there.

Today's decision will give Block Stone Ltd a four month deadline, until March 2014, to provide additional information necessary for the review of the 1952 planning permission.

If Block Stone Ltd fails to supply the information within the four month period, the National Park Authority will reconsider whether, based on the evidence then available, mineral extraction has permanently ended at Stanton Moor Quarry.

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