Campaigners celebrate factory refusal

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Countryside campaigners are celebrating after a planning application for a factory was turned down.

High Peak Borough Council this week unanimously rejected resubmitted plans for a large water bottling factory at Cowdale Quarry near Buxton.

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

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

“Let’s just hope developers have finally got the message, and won’t be trying again.”