Inquiry to hear quarry plan

THE future of Cowdale Quarry near Buxton is to be decided by a Public Inquiry.

Developers are appealing for permission to build a five-hectare water bottling plant and distribution site at the quarry, but countryside campaigners want locals to lobby the Planning Inspectorate to throw out the scheme.

John King, planning officer with Friends of the Peak District, said: “A Public Inquiry is good news for Cowdale.

“It will give the opportunity for a really thorough examination of the scheme, and we’ve got high hopes that it will get kicked out once and for all!”

Express Park Buxton submitted plans for the site in early 2010 and again in 2011. Both times, High Peak Borough Council rejected the applications because they would be “unsustainable” and “harmful to character and visual appearance of the countryside and special landscape area.”

The Planning Inspectorate has now announced that the decision on the quarry’s future will be made following a Public Inquiry.

Comments are being accepted until March 12 at www.planningportal.gov.uk/pcs quoting 2166189.

“We’re urging people to have their say about this valuable green space.

“An enormous bottling plant in the middle of beautiful countryside on the edge of the National Park just won’t go!” added Mr King.