25 Jan 2010 - See updated news report here.
Peak district resident and keen local climber Phil Jones contacted UKC to voice his concerns:
"A planning application has been lodged with High Peak Borough Council to turn Cowdale Quarry near Buxton Derbyshire, a much loved venue for climbers, into a water bottling plant and business park with over 1000 parking spaces. All the natural rock faces will be closed to climbers if this application succeeds."
A quick look on the planning site proved him to be correct: High Peak Borough Council
According to Phil the area is not your average dirty quarry:
"As well as being a popular climbing venue the quarry is a rich and diverse habitat with sightings of goshawk, sparrow-hawk and raven."
"The BMC has been aware of this planning application for several weeks, and recently met with the proposed developer.
It was thought the development was to contain a 'climbing centre and wall', however, it now transpires this may not be accurate and the plans seem to indicate the climbing centre will comprise changing rooms, a cafe/canteen and meeting rooms.
The BMC will continue to work on this issue - keep an eye on the BMC website for any news as it happens."
Matt Heason commented: "This is likely to be on the agenda at the next peak area meeting on Feb 17th. The venue is yet to be confirmed."
- Climbers can add their comments on to the planning application on the High Peak Borough Council Website