Page last updated at 12:31 GMT, Thursday, 18 September 2008 13:31 UK

Deal is agreed in park quarry row

Nine Ladies stone circle
The quarrying would have come close to heritage sites

A dispute over quarrying in the Peak District has finally been settled.

The park authority had been battling Stancliffe Stone over future extraction at the Lees Cross and Endcliffe quarries, near Bakewell.

Now the company has agreed to give up its planning permission for the site in return for permission to work Dale View quarry.

The authority said the deal would protect a valuable part of the park and surrounding heritage sites.

The authority said that following extended negotiations with landowners and quarry operators, the final legal documents were completed this week.

The case had seen years of controversy, court cases and and a protest camp.

Lees Cross and Endcliffe lie close to the pre-historic Nine Ladies Stone Circle, burial mounds and cairns on Stanton Moor.

Stancliffe has promised to manage biodiversity habitats in neighbouring hay meadows and woodland throughout Dale View quarry's 21-year active life.


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