High Court about faces on ICI's Peak Park limestone quarry

Arguing that the case before him was "a classic example of the conflict between economic necessity and the preservation of outstandingly attractive landscape", Deputy Judge Sir Douglas Frank QC ruled, on 21 June, that Mr Peter Shore (former Secretary of State for the Environment) had failed to impose valid planning conditions on ICI's development proposals for a limestone quarry in the Peak District National Park.

ICI had already accepted a number of major conditions on the winning, processing and transport of limestone from the Old Moor quarry, Buxton (ENDS Report 4, p 2).

However, 380 of the 500 acres for which planning permission now exists fall within the boundaries of the Peak District National Park. Derbyshire County Council granted ICI planning permission for the 120 acres which came within its jurisdiction, but the Peak Park Joint Plannin

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