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                                     protecting and conserving this natural area of outstanding beauty

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Churnet Valley Masterplan

According to the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council the Churnet Valley Masterplan is a comprehensive plan which  provides a framework for future development in the valley. For more information on the Masterplan click here


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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