CLICK ON THE LINK BELOWTO SEE A LETTER OF 3/10/14 WRITTEN BY A SENIOR TEAM LEADER OF SCC PLANNING, POLICY AND DEVELOPMENT CONTROL TO SMDC ASSOCIATE PLANNER ARNE SWITHENBANK.
YOU MIGHT WANT TO ASK HIM AND YOUR COUNCILLORS HOW IT IS THAT THE PLANS TO DEVELOP MONEYSTONE QUARRY AS A LEISURE THEME PARK ARE BEING RECOMMENDED FOR APPROVAL WHEN A SENIOR PLANNER HAS SO MANY VERY SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT THE APPLICATION AND THE STEWARDSHIP OF THE SITE.
DEMAND ANSWERS NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE TO STOP THIS UNACCEPTABLE DEVELOPMENT THAT RESIDENTS DON’T WANT.
DO WE LIVE IN A DEMOCRACY OR NOT ?
Did you know that Laver Leisure were having secret meetings with Council Planners ‘at various levels’ asking them to write the Core Strategy and the Churnet Valley Master Plan ” in a way that allowed them to bring forward Moneystone Quarry as a ‘key opportunity site’, ” as long ago as 2009/10?
Did your Councillors know?
Were the Residents consulted ? Of course not.
To this day SMDC are refusing to release the papers that will show which Council Planners did that to help Laver Leisure foist their plans upon residents.
Don’t you think Residents have a right to know what was promised in their name, without consultation and by unelected and unaccountable planning officers?
WAG encourages you to write and demand answers.
- Laver Leisure Planning Application – Laver Leisure have submitted an application to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council for outline planning permission to develop Moneystone Quarry into a leisure facility including 250 holiday lodges. The development will generate a massive increase in traffic for the villages of Oakamoor and Whiston on our narrow country lanes. More details on the problems and what you can do to express your views will follow shortly on this web site. To view details of the application visit the Staffordshire Moorlands planning website via the following link.
- Solar Panel Array Application – A separate solar array planning application for the quarry has also been submitted and is listed for hearing before the Staffordshire Moorlands Planning Committee at 2pm on Thursday 27 Nov 2014. There are concerns regarding the panels being a visual intrusion into the landscape and fears that damage will occur to the flora and fauna of the site. There is still time to express any concerns you may have by visiting the SMDC website via the following link. A Senior SCC planner raised concerns on 3/10/14 that the plateaux in Quarry 2 which the applicants intend to use to erect part of their solar array cannot be so used as it is in contravention of a scheme of restoration and aftercare that Laver Leisure has so far failed to complete.
- Crowtrees Farm Equestrian Centre Application – Laver have currently withdrawn their application to establish an equestrian centre at Crowtrees Farm, but there is no guarantee that it will not be re-submitted in a different format.
Laver ‘s recently submitted planning application for Moneystone Quarry raises serious concerns regarding inevitable increases in traffic on Whiston Eaves Lane at its junction with the main A52 road outside the Sneyds Arms. The situation presents potential safety issues for all road users.
The following photographs show the dangerous layout of the junction and in particular the very poor visibility for vehicles attempting to pull out of Whiston Eaves Lane onto the main A52