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The future of Cowdale Quarry near Buxton is now to be decided by a Public Inquiry. This is good news. 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 to build the five-hectare water bottling factory and distribution site in early 2010 and again in 2011. We fought both applications along with local campaigners, and High Peak Borough Council unanimously rejected them because they would be “unsustainable” and “harmful to character and visual appearance of the countryside and special landscape area.” The Council also had concerns about the impact the building would have on the National Park.

Developers then appealed to the Government’s Planning Inspectorate against High Peak’s decision on the second application. The Planning Inspectorate recently announced that the decision will be made following a Public Inquiry. The Planning Inspectorate is accepting comments until 12 March 2012.

Please have your say about this valuable green space! You’ve got until 12 March to tell the Planning Inspectorate why the appeal should be dismissed. An enormous bottling plant in the middle of beautiful countryside on the edge of the National Park just won’t go!