The threat of eviction continues to hang over the Stanton quarry Eco-warriors after planners called for a further report on the legality of the protest camp.
A Peak District National Park (PDNP) planning committee examined the Stanton Moor site on Friday morning at the request of the Stanton Action Group (SAG) and the parish council.
A decision on whether to take enforcement action against the Eco-warriors could be taken by PDNP members in July after the full report is published.
The protesters have been campaigning for three years against proposals to reopen the quarry.
John Bull, chairman of the PDNP planning committee, said: "The real issue on Stanton Moor is whether these quarries should be reopened.
"However, we need to consider all aspects relating to this proposal and that is why we have asked for a further report."
But the protesters, who have erected at least 47 structures on the site, say Friday´s decision has only increased the anxiety over possible eviction.
Campaigner Ben Hartley said: "Indecision on the part of PDNP has left us to worry for even longer. But at least the report will give more people an informed view."
With the site occupation approaching four years, planners had feared the protesters could exploit a planning loophole which gives protection to permanent buildings after that time.
Posted by stubob
15th June 2003ce
Edited 23rd June 2003ce