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CHURNET VALLEY CONSERVATION SOCIETY

                       protecting and conserving this natural area of outstanding beauty

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Churnet Valley Masterplan


In march 2014 Staffordshire Moorlands District Council adopted the Churnet Valley Masterplan as a supplimentary planning document which  provides a framework for future development in the valley. See the news page where the three new consultations will eventually lead to a revised and updated vesion of this plan. For more information on the existing Masterplan click https://www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/media/524/Adopted-Churnet-Valley-Masterplan-Supplementary-Planning-Document-SPD/pdf/Adopted_Churnet_Valley_Masterplan_with_front_cover_reduced_file_size_x2.pdf

 

Development Plans

 

The following considers some of the developments proposed for the valley together with the views of the Churnet Valley Conservation Society (CVCS) in respect of each.  Please click on the links below to find out more 

 

Major development sites :

 

Moneystone Quarry

 

Alton Towers and The Railway

 

Froghall and Bolton Copper Works




Moorland and City Railways


In addition to the above, Moorland and City Railways are planning new private rail routes which some people argue gives SMDC their ‘sustainable connectivity’ between all these sites; it is therefore important to consider the implications of the railway’s developments.


We do not per se oppose the sustainable transport links proposed by Moorlands and City Railways and there are divided opinions regarding the railway. It is essential to accurately gauge the feelings of the majority of local residents before either advocating it as asustainable link, or campaigning against it. 


However, the misuse of the sustainable ideal inorder to push through less sustainable developments is not appropriate. It must at all timesbe borne in mind that this is a private railway: the land does not belong to Network Rail, andthe services proposed will not be for the benefit of local residents. When considering each specific site, it will also therefore be necessary to assess the implications of the railway.

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