What’s Happening at the moment – a brief summary

Moneystone Quarry
Several years ago, Staffordshire County Council (SCC ) put in place a requirement for the quarry owner to complete a comprehensive restoration plan to return the land to agricultural and wildlife use within two years of the quarry closing. That deadline has lapsed and WAG expects SCC to take enforcement action against the new owners, Laver Leisure, for failing to complete the restoration work on time.

Instead of doing the required restoration work, Laver Leisure has submitted an application to make major changes to the restoration plan without adequate justification. The changes would involve re-quarrying of huge quantities of spoil material from the back of the houses on Blakeley Lane and transporting it by lorry to the last quarried area to the south side of Whiston Eaves Lane. There have already been numerous public objections to Laver’s application, which is expected to be considered by the Staffordshire County Council Planning Committee on
Monday 07 November 2013. To view the application on the SCC website click on the following link:-

https://apps.staffordshire.gov.uk/CPLand/details.aspx?applicationID=132246

Draft Churnet Valley Masterplan
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) is currently consulting the public on a Draft Churnet Valley Masterplan that will set out a framework for intended development of tourism in the Churnet Valley. There are concerns that SMDC has ignored the overwhelming public request for minimal development and included proposals for excessive development at numerous sites, including Moneystone Quarry and the highly contaminated site at the old Bolton’s Copperworks.

If you share WAG’s concerns regarding the excessive development that is proposed, you have until 11 November 2013 to make your representations to the Council in writing or by following the following link:-

https://www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/sm/news/have-your-say-on-the-future-of-churnet-valley

Core Strategy – Planning Inspector’s Report
SMDC’s long term development plan for the whole of the Staffordshire Moorlands through to 2026, called the Core Strategy, was considered at a public hearing in February by an independent Planning Inspector. The Inspector found that numerous elements of the plan, including proposed tourism development, were “unsound” and required the Council to make changes. Proposed changes have been submitted by SMDC to the Inspector, but they do not reflect the public view. The Inspector is expected to make public his final report in the next few weeks.

The Churnet Valley Masterplan, referred to earlier, depends upon the Core Strategy being approved. WAG hopes the Inspector will dismiss the Core Strategy and insist on SMDC re-starting the process from scratch, this time with genuine public consultation. Want to know more? – please follow the link below:-

https://www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/sm/council-services/core-strategy/examination