Developers have resubmitted controversial plans for a bottling factory at Cowdale Quarry near Buxton but we remain opposed.
Express Park Buxton initially applied to High Peak Borough Council in the spring, but were sent away to get more details about the impact the project would have on the environment. We say that their new information is muddled and inconsistent – and it makes no difference to our arguments. The clock is ticking now for Cowdale, and we are urging people to oppose the development. It goes against the council’s own planning policies, and will destroy a tranquil spot of local countryside.
Cowdale Quarry is popular with local people for walking, climbing, picnicking and other recreational activities. It has not been quarried since the nineteen fifties and the site has reverted back to nature. Any large industrial buildings there would be visible from the Peak District National Park. Cowdale is part of a really important buffer zone between the Peak Park and Buxton and we must stop industrial sprawl, noise and light pollution affecting our national park.
We are also worried because proposals for the five hectare water bottling plant here will eventually be part of a larger 20 hectare industrial estate. The bottling factory is just the start. Phase two of the plans are for an even larger industrial estate that would include extensive offices, business units and car parking.
The planning application is now being considered by High Peak Borough Council. We are among many local people and groups, including Keep High Peak Green and Cowdale Parish Council, lobbying to get it refused. Please object to the plans at High Peak Borough Council or get in touch with our planning officer John King.