Quarry scheme D-day delayed

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PARISH councillors say they are ‘relieved’ to have won more time to discuss plans for a controversial quarry extension in the Peaks.

Blockstone Ltd applied in July to extend the New Pilhough Quarry, Lees Road, Stanton-in-Peak.

Initially the Peak District National Park Authority said the consultation period for the application would end on September 7.

However, after Rowsley, Birchover, Stanton-in-Peak and South Darley parish council’s, together with Darley Dale Town Council, called for extra time – the authority granted them until September 21 to discuss the application.

Janet Bailey, Clerk to Birchover Parish Council, said: “The parish council is grateful for the extension of the consultation period.

“It meets every two months and the next meeting is the middle of September.

“Added to that, it has been the holiday period and many councils would not be able to get a quorum for a meeting at this time of year.”

Matthew Lovell, clerk to Stanton-in-Peak Parish Council, said: “It was a great relief for us as we only meet bimonthly so we would not have had an opportunity to discuss it.

“We’re even extending the public speaking period because we know there’s a lot of strong feelings on both sides of the argument.”

The application is for the continued extraction of stone – in the form of block – from an existing quarry.

The extension will encroach onto agricultural land owned by the Thornhill estate.