This is an archived press release
Friday 15 June 2018
Paul Ancell, chair of the Peak District National Park Authority’s planning committee, said: “National Park designation is given to the best and most important landscapes in the UK and Midhope Moor contributes to this quality landscape.
“In fact, this area is protected by both UK and European law: it is in the South Pennine Moors Special Area of Conservation, and forms part of the Peak District Moors Special Protection Area, and is in the Dark Peak Site of Special Scientific Interest. This means it is internationally important for the habitat it provides and it is our job to help protect it.
“Today’s decision to refuse the retrospective planning application for a track on Midhope Moor was taken due to the overriding need to protect the open moorland habitat and because of the unacceptable impact the track has in the landscape of the Peak District National Park.
“As an Authority we are working together with moorland owners and land managers to improve how proposals for development are worked up. We welcome more efforts to work together to better understand each other’s long term ambitions and ensure that planning permission is sought prior to development being undertaken. We are keen to support shared endeavours to care for and enhance the special qualities of the Peak District National Park.
“It is important that where development such as tracks are necessary for the sustainable management of moorlands, grasslands or woodlands, they must be located and constructed in the best possible way to reduce impacts on the National Park’s protected landscape, wildlife and habitats.
“We have produced guidance about the need for permission for tracks and this is available on our website.”