Longstone Edge Quarrying Update

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Last April, after a lengthy Public Inquiry, a Planning Inspector ensured that the vast majority of Longstone Edge was saved from being quarried for aggregate. Inevitably, the landowner appealed against the decision and the judge decided to allow the appeal, granting Bleaklow Industries carte blanche to quarry Longstone Edge to destruction.

In only one day, a judge has single-handedly overturned the decision of a public inquiry that took weeks. During that public inquiry, the planning inspector heard and considered evidence from all sides. During the High Court hearing, the judge simply heard arguments from the solicitor representing the quarry operators and solicitors for the Peak Park and the Treasury. It is worth noting that the same judge has already arrived at a number of contentious decisions surrounding mineral permissions and National Parks. This effectively means that the landowner can quarry limestone over some 147 hectares of Longstone edge and he doesn't have to fill the hole back in when he's done.

This decision has implications throughout the Peak and other National Parks. Both Friends of the Peak District Campaign Organiser Andy Tickle and BMC Access volunteer Henry Folkard insist that this is a massive setback but not the end of the story. It is now imperative that the Peak Park Authority or Treasury solicitors take the case to the Court of Appeal.

Please use the addresses below to urge the relevant MP's to raise this important issue with ministers.

Angela Smith -
Patrick McLoughlin -
Tom Levitt -

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27 Mar, 2008
Perhaps someone should get a court order to search the judges bank accounts to see if he is taking backhanders? Sounds a disgrace that one man can do that on their own.
27 Mar, 2008
Aye, it's a rum do Sutty! Make sure you get an email sent to those MPs - it all provides amunition when they confront ministers who have to bankroll any appeal that may be mounted. It's going to be expensive and the Peak Park have already spent a fortune on legal fees. Since the ramifications of the decision are so far reaching, it only seems fair that the government puts its hand in its pocket...... cheers jh
27 Mar, 2008
I'll definitely be writing to the MPs - it would be good to be 100% clear on what our "ask" should be. Is it just about taking the case to the Court of Appeal or do we want the government to give extra funding to the Peak Park Authority? Cheers Sean
27 Mar, 2008
As a matter of interest John, what would happen if the peak park appealed and went bankrupt in the process? Would getting that in the papers not concentrate some government minds a bit more.
27 Mar, 2008
Hi John, Happy to write to MPs, however who are the people you've put at the bottom of the news item? Should we not preferably write to our own MP? A.-
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