Court of Appeal paves the way for leisure park project to go ahead at disused sand quarry

CAMPAIGNERS have lost their fight against a new leisure park being built in the site of a disused sand quarry in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Laver Leisure have been given the go-ahead for the project at Moneystone Quarry, near Oakamoor, after an unsuccessful legal challenge by Whiston resident Paul Housiaux to the Court of Appeal.

Mr Housiaux lodged an unsuccessful application to the High Court in September for a judicial review of the district council’s decision to grant planning consent 12 months ago.

Peter Swallow of Laver Leisure said: “The Court of Appeal’s decision is final and Mr Housiaux has, we understand, no right to a review or reconsideration of this.”

I was on this basis that Laver decided to abandon last week’s scheduled six-day public inquiry at Moorlands House in Leek and informed the Planning Inspector of their decision.

Mr Swallow added: “Naturally, we are very pleased that we finally have a planning permission that we can implement.

Laver Leisure has always believed that Moneystone Park will be a fantastic and high-quality addition to local leisure and tourism which will bring m,ajor economic benefit to the local area.

Laver Leisure will now work towards a start on site and we will look to engage agsain with the local community in due course.”

Moneystone Quarry closed in September 2011 with the loss of 70 jobs. The new leisure park is expected to create up to 200 new jobs.