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We’re joining local people, conservationists and other countryside campaigners in celebrating High Peak Borough Council’s unanimous rejection of controversial plans for a water bottling factory at Cowdale Quarry, near Buxton.

We objected to the plans along with residents and other groups including the British Mountaineering Council, the Ramblers, Keep High Peak Green, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and High Peak Badger Group. In all, the council received nearly 300 letters against the application.

Cowdale Quarry hasn’t been quarried since the nineteen fifties and the site has reverted back to nature. The spot is valued by local people for walking, climbing, picnicking and other recreational activities.

High Peak Borough Council did the right thing today, and we’re absolutely delighted. Cowdale is a beautiful landscape in its own right. It’s also part of the buffer zone between the Peak Park and Buxton and crucial for stopping industrial sprawl, noise and light pollution affecting our national park.

We were also worried that the proposals for the bottling plant were just the start of the landscape being carved up, because plans for second phase included a larger 20 hectare industrial estate with extensive offices, business units and car parking.

A great spot of countryside has been saved thanks to local people and good sense from High Peak Borough Council. With such a strong refusal, we’re hoping that developers have got the message and won’t waste their time with an appeal.