Wrong place for bottling plant, say countryside campaigners

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COUNTRYSIDE campaigners claim that a planned new water bottling factory is in the wrong place.

The Nestle application to build the new plant at Waterswallows is due to be decided by High Peak Borough Council at a meeting on Monday.

“The countryside is the wrong place for this,” said John King, planning officer at Friends of the Peak District.

“This brutal looking industrial development will be huge and have storage tanks that are nearly 20 metres high. It will be visible from just about everywhere in the area, including the national park.”

Friends of the Peak District is concerned that the application goes against the council’s own planning policies.

“Waterswallows is in an area that has been designated by High Peak council as countryside.

“This means that only buildings that relate to farming and the rural economy are allowed – so permitting this clearly industrial development will contravene High Peak’s Local Plan,” added Mr King.

“If Nestle get permission to build the water bottling factory, they’ve still got another five hectares to develop.

“And once this big monster is up and running, it would be hard for High Peak to then turn down applications for even more industrial development in this area,” he claimed.