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We’re joining local residents, conservationists and other countryside campaigners and celebrating at Cowdale Quarry near Buxton. Again.


Hurray to High Peak Borough Council for unanimously rejecting resubmitted plans for a large water bottling factory at this lovely little spot. A previous application was resoundingly rejected in October 2010, and we were surprised when developers submitted plans again earlier this year. It feels a bit like Groundhog Day – and 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!