Mineral Planning
Closure threat hangs over quarries

Closure threat hangs over quarries

More than 100 pits and quarries could close within the next five years unless new reserves are granted, a leading consultant has warned.

 

Latest Knowledge Bank

Exploring the unconventional

04th June, 2014, Mineral Planning

The word fracking is often used as a catch all when associated with unconventional gas, but this is too simple. Lin Bunten, drills down on definitions and regulations in Scotland.

 
 

Restoring biodiversity benefits

04th June, 2014, Mineral Planning

Minerals site restoration throws up plentiful economic and social advantages. Carolyn Jewell looks and the wider benefits of biodiversity-led regeneration across thousands of hectares of land.

 
 

Shale, revenues and planning

04th June, 2014, Mineral Planning

When it comes to the windfall revenues promised from shale, planning permission for exploration or production is not for buying and selling. But it is one of many considerations that should not be overlooked, says Richard Glover

 
 
A big high five for the MPA

A big high five for the MPA

04th June, 2014, Mineral Planning

The Mineral Products Association is five years old and those five years have been arguably the toughest in the industry's history. Hilary Arrowsmith looks at how it has transformed sector representation and is facing up to future challenges

 
 
 

Latest Casework

Land bank policy superseded by revised guidance

17th July, 2014, Mineral Planning

Changes in national policy advice have led to rejection of plans to extract and process sand and gravel at a Norfolk farm.

 
 

Mine restoration scheme approved after 14 years

15th July, 2014, Mineral Planning

Cumbria County Council has approved proposals to restore a former colliery located in open countryside near Carlisle.

 
 

Temporary recycling of construction waste allowed at Passenham quarry

15th July, 2014, Mineral Planning

Northamptonshire County Council has approved an application to allow the establishment of an inert waste recycling operation at Passenham quarry for firm GRS Roadstone.

 
 

Latest Comment

Matters outstanding: beware of the pitfalls in planning appeals

Matters outstanding: beware of the pitfalls in planning appeals

04th June, 2014, Mineral Planning

The recent Court of Appeal case of Hopkins Developments v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2014] ECCA Civ 470 is a useful reminder of the need to address evidence in an appeal. It also, however, gives a useful pointer on the...

 
 
Stand and deliver - call up those reserves

Stand and deliver - call up those reserves

04th June, 2014, Mineral Planning

While the recession has caused structural changes in the mineral extraction industry, the sector faces further challenges as the economy strengthens. The larger operators that dominated extraction have retrenched during the downturn and smaller ...

 
 

Hearts, minds and ecosystems

04th June, 2014, Mineral Planning

Taking the benefits from nature into account when making decisions on mineral and other sites is no longer a optional extra, insists Andy Moffat. Assessing the value of the natural environment is at the heart of life