Groundhog Day at Cowdale?

Local residents, conservationists and countryside campaigners are celebrating at Cowdale Quarry near Buxton. Again.

Friends of the Peak District is joining local people in cheering High Peak Borough Council’s unanimous rejection yesterday of resubmitted plans for a large water bottling factory there.

A previous application was resoundingly rejected in October 2010, and campaigners were surprised when developers submitted plans again earlier this year.

“We were amazed that the developers tried again,” said John King, planning officer at Friends of the Peak District.

“It was unanimously kicked out last time, so this feels a bit like Groundhog Day! We think the application was a complete waste of time and energy.”

“Credit goes to local people who worked hard again to keep this beauty spot protected. Cowdale is an important part of the buffer zone between the Peak District and Buxton, and crucial for stopping industrial sprawl, noise and light pollution affecting our national park,” said Mr King. “Let’s just hope developers have finally got the message, and won’t be trying again!” he added.

For a report of the Council debate and more comment, see this week’s Buxton Advertiser