Laver Leisure has submitted a planning application for the proposed leisure development at Moneystone Quarry. This resubmitted planning application seeks to address the comments made by Members of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s Planning Committee when it refused the original planning application last year.
The changes include:
- The height of the proposed hub building has been reduced from 12 metres to 6 metres
- Additional landscaping is proposed within the hub area, which further screens the hub development from the listed building (Little Eaves Farm) and the surrounding footpaths
- The 14 lodges proposed at Black Plantation and the proposed vehicular access from Blakeley Lane have been removed as part of this application resubmission. The 14 lodges will be distributed elsewhere on the site and the total number of lodges remains at 250
- A “no right turn” vehicular access arrangement is proposed from the Moneystone Quarry site onto Eaves Lane. This will discourage vehicles from heading towards Carr Bank directly from the site.
A Laver Leisure spokesperson said:
“Laver Leisure can confirm that we have resubmitted a planning application to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council for Moneystone Park. We have taken account of the Planning Committee’s reasons for refusing the original planning application and have directly addressed the issues raised within the reasons for refusal.
“The proposals fully accord with the adopted Development Plan for the area, specifically the Council’s Core Strategy DPD and the Churnet Valley Masterplan SPD. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s own Economic Development team strongly supported the original planning application. They clearly see the potential benefits that Moneystone Park will deliver in the local area. We agree with them and believe that there are many other social and community benefits which will also be brought by this development.
“Our planning application fully addresses the key issues raised by the Planning Committee last November. It is now for the local authority to assess and decide upon this application.”
If planning approval is successfully achieved, Moneystone Park will deliver significant economic benefit to the local area. It will provide a significant boost to local tourism by providing further variety to the local offer, and in turn, create 250 new local jobs.