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Mobile phone mast update

This is a copy of the consultation letter sent to a few residents, who presumably will be in the line of sight of the telecommunications structure. 

Radio Mast Sheet 1
Radio Mast Sheet 2
Radio Mast Sheet 3

Click on the above images to enlarge

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Ballidon Quarry Exhibition

Lafarge Tarmac are keeping the planning application display relating to Ballidon Quarry up from last week for a few more days:

We are intending for the exhibition to remain up until next Thursday 16th. Should any one wish to view on their own they are welcome to go up at any time. If the door is locked a key can be obtained from reception.

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Lafarge Tarmac, operators of Ballidon Quarry, are intending to make a planning application to the Peak District National Park to modify the existing restoration and development schemes at the Quarry with the intention of providing significantly enhanced restoration.

These proposals are reserve neutral and will not extend the end date of operation estimated at approximately 15 years.

An exhibition to illustrate these proposals will be held at Ballidon Quarry on Tuesday 31st March 2015 with Lafarge Tarmac staff being available to answer questions and explain the proposals in more detail. The exhibition will run from 16.30 to 19.30.

More information about this exhibition has been been circulated to those on the local Electoral Roll. Everyone is welcome to attend the exhibition. Click here to view the invite for the exhibition.

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Landmark decision on solar panels in Peak District National Park

National Park planners have given permission for an array of 600 solar panels to be installed on the ground at a Peak District farm.

This is the first time an application for ground-mounted photovoltaic panels has come before the national park planning committee.

Its members voted unanimously to approve the installation at Wetwood Farm, Meerbrook, because of its minimal impact on the surrounding landscape, and for its positive contribution to providing renewable energy to a local business.

Members of the committee had visited the site the day before and viewed it from a number of locations, including The Roaches. They were satisfied the panels’ installation on the ground, which is shielded from view by trees, would not be unduly intrusive.

Paul Ancell, chair of the Peak District National Park’s planning committee, said: “This is an important decision and one we have not taken lightly – we have to put the landscape first. In this case we believe the ground array of solar panels will not have a significant impact on the national park. So we are pleased to support this working dairy farm in reducing its carbon footprint.”

The approval was given with conditions: that the farmer ensures existing trees and shrubs are retained and more planted to continue to protect the site from long distance views. The panels will also have an anti-reflective finish to reduce any glare.

The planning committee considers every application on its own merits.

Mr Ancell added: “Every site has its own solution – what is acceptable here may not be appropriate in other locations. However, that said, this is a great example of how a farm business can achieve its ambitions with renewable energy in a way that does not harm the Peak District National Park.”

At the meeting, an application for a wind turbine at Pikehall Farm, Pikehall was refused to protect the landscape and uninterrupted views of the White Peak limestone plateau.

The application, made by Hartington Creamery Ltd., was turned down because the wind turbine would have been seen on the skyline spoiling the scenic beauty.

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PPC planning sub-com mtg 14may14

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PPC planning sub-com mtg 14may14

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How does the planning enforcement process work in the Peak District National Park?

National park planners have issued the Peak District Local Enforcement Plan to help people understand what to do if they receive a notice that their building work or change of use breaks planning controls, or if they want to report a suspected breach.

Andrew Cook, Monitoring and Enforcement Manager, explained: “The threat of enforcement action can be distressing, especially when it relates to your home or business, and the process can be difficult to understand, so we hope that the Local Enforcement Plan will help to make things clearer for those involved.

“It’s important to realise that the vast majority of planning breaches are relatively minor and resolved without formal action being taken, although we will take firm action when it is warranted.

“If you are planning to carry out building works or other developments we’d encourage you to work with our planners to prevent problems happening in the first place.  But if problems do occur we are always willing to talk to you to try to reach a resolution.”

The document explains what a breach of planning control is, how to report a suspected breach, the investigation process, criteria used to prioritise cases, in what circumstances the Authority takes action, and what powers it has.

The Peak District Local Enforcement Plan is available online at or paper copies are available free – call 01629 816200.

As well as investigating and seeking to resolve planning breaches, monitoring and enforcement officers selectively check sites where planning permission has been granted to see if they comply with the approved plans and conditions.

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