Developers threaten our beautiful valley

Whiston Action Group and the Churmet Valley Conservation Society are organising a walk from Whiston to Oakamoor to help raise awareness in the planning application  by Laver Leisure to completely ruin this part of the Churnet Valley and to let councillors and the officers at SMDC know just exactly how strong feelings are running locally.
The walk is open to all interested parties, walkers, dog walkers, horse riders, cyclists, young families with pushchairs, and indeed the farming community, who, by definition are the ultimate lovers of the countryside.
We urge all interested parties to join us on Saturday 6th December at 9.45am at Whiston Village Hall for a walk down to Oakamoor Village Hall for tea, biscuits and a chat to discuss ongoing plans.
The more walkers, tractors, cyclists, dogs and horses the better!
It’s about time that residents were listened to in the Staffordshire Moorlands, and hopefully the media coverage generated by this walk will make officers and councillors alike sit up and take note. 

SMDC & LAVER LEISURE AGREEMENT

 

DID YOU KNOW COUNCIL PLANNERS HAVE BEEN ENTERING INTO AGREEMENTS WITH LAVER LEISURES PLANNING CONSULTANTS BEHIND THE BACKS OF COUNCILLORS AND RESIDENTS. READ THESE PAGES AND BE PREPARED TO BE SHOCKED BY WHAT COUNCIL PLANNER JANE CURLY HAS SIGNED UP TO.
DID YOU KNOW?
WERE YOU CONSULTED?

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LAVER APPLICATION – COUNTY COUNCIL EXPRESSES CONCERNS

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 ?

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LAVER’S PLANS. SEE HOW PLANNING LETTER OF 22 Jan 2010 AND DEMAND TO KNOW THE TRUTH

 

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.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING – MONEYSTONE QUARRY – A BRIEF UPDATE

  •  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 Application Moneystone Quarry – A52/Whiston Eaves Lane Safety

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

Sight line towards Froghall and Kingsley along A52
Sight line towards Froghall and Kingsley along A52

 

Sight line towards Ashbourne along A52
Sight line towards Ashbourne along A52
A52 from entrance to former Sneyd's Arms PH towards Frogall and Kingsley
A52 from entrance to former Sneyd’s Arms PH towards Frogall and Kingsley
View along A52 towards Ashbourne
View along A52 towards Ashbourne

 

A52 from near St. Mildred's church looking towards Ashbourne.  Whiston Eaves Lane on the right in the dip.
A52 from near St. Mildred’s church looking towards Ashbourne. Whiston Eaves Lane on the right in the dip.
An example of the HGV traffic on A52 on a quiet Thursday afternoon!
An example of the HGV traffic on A52 on a quiet Thursday afternoon!
HGV on A52 towards Ashbourne after just passing Whiston Eaves Lane on driver's RHS
HGV on A52 towards Ashbourne after just passing Whiston Eaves Lane on driver’s RHS