Swellands & Black Moss Road Proposal Refused By Peak Park

Swellands Reservoir

Previously on PathWatch we highlighted an environmentally damaging proposal to construct a permanent vehicular access track to Black Moss & Swellands Reservoirs in the Kirklees bit of the Peak Park.

The proposal was turned down at the Peak Park Planning Committee on 6th August 2021 on the following grounds.

  1. The public safety issue does not create an Imperative Reason of Over-riding Public Interest justifying a permanent track through the Natural Zone;
  2. Alternative solutions have not been explored thoroughly enough given what is understood to be required (in terms of building work and regular maintenance) such that  the requirement to demonstrate that there are no alternative solutions has not been fully made out to the satisfaction of members, in particular by use of a temporary track; and
  3. Insufficient satisfaction that the proposals would result in acceptable impacts on this peatland habitat and in particular on nesting birds.

The committee item can be viewed here . Well done to the Peak District National Park!

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