Mineral Planning
New Oil and Gas Authority gets £15m

New Oil and Gas Authority gets £15m

The government is to spend £15m over five years to help set up an arm's length regulatory body to improve the efficiency of the UK's offshore oil and gas industry.

 

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

Quarry extension deferred due to boundary dispute

28th July, 2014, Mineral Planning

An application to extend Saredon sand and gravel quarry and to restore the site by infilling with inert waste has been deferred at the applicant's request while a boundary dispute is investigated.

 
 

Recycled and secondary aggregate production permitted at clay quarry

28th July, 2014, Mineral Planning

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council has approved an application for an inert recycling facility, including offices, wheelwash and weighbridge for pre-treatment of inert wastes at Oak Farm quarry.

 
 

Extension approved for Blinkbonny quarry, Kelso

23rd July, 2014, Mineral Planning

Scottish Borders Council has granted permission for a three million tonne extension to Blinkbonny quarry near Kelso to give a 20-year working life.

 
 

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