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Bleaklow Industries Ltd v. Secretary of State [2009] EWCA (Civ) 206; [2009] 2 P&CR 21; [2009] JPL 1477; [2009] NPC 46

DATE: 18 Mar 2009

This case concerned the interpretation of minerals permissions and, particularly, the expression "winning and working". The trial judge had given the expression a wide meaning which, on the facts, enabled Bleaklow to extract large amounts of limestone from a national park, to the significant harm of the landscape. Tim Morshead (who did not appear below) acted on behalf of the Secretary of State on the appeal, arguing that the expression had an established meaning which, on the facts, prevented such activities. This was accepted and the appeal was allowed.