Fate of major leisure park project will be decided after appeal hearing

A SIX-DAY hearing is part way through deciding the fate of a £18 million country leisure park project, which would create several hundred new jobs in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

The proposed scheme at Moneystone Quarry, situated between Oakamoor and Whiston, has been granted planning permission by the district council.

Local residents have objected to the development by Laver Leisure, which would transform the disused sand quarry into a holiday park containing 250 holiday lodges, together with a variety of amenities including a water sports centre, bowling alley and cinema.

Following an unsuccessful legal challenge Whiston resident Paul Housiaux has taken his fight to the Court of Appeal.

The appeal is being heard at Moorlands House, in Leek, and will conclude this week.