Long-term readers of this blog may remember this case in the Peak District National Park from May 2016.
This track was constructed in 2015 without planning permission but funded by Natural England despite it being in an SPA, SAC and SSSI.
In 2016 the estate applied for retrospective planning permission and over 180 of us objected to the application which was then deemed invalid and withdrawn.
In late 2016 we were told that this was now an ‘enforcement matter’ and therefore not in the public domain.
As I understand it, in 2016/17 the decision was made to proceed with enforcement action but it seems that little was done and the track is currently looking really good as you can see below…
The National Park, being the Planning Authority, has until January 2019 to start enforcement action but the land owner has now submitted a new planning application. The 180 comments on the previous planning application (the retrospective invalid planning application) are not deemed valid for this application. So we have to start all over again – do you feel that the system is vastly weighted against us?
Rather wonderfully though, local campaigners have set up a Facebook page, Protect Midhope Moor and Mickleden, which will help you craft your objection to this damaging, public-funded track to a row of grouse butts which our National Park Authority has, so far, failed to enforce.