Mineral Planning
Marine experts fear aggregate threats

Marine experts fear aggregate threats

Twin threats of climate change and rising sea levels have prompted mineral leaders to launch three reports focusing on marine aggregate dredging.

Latest Knowledge Bank

Novel ways to clean up coal

Novel ways to clean up coal

03rd June, 2015, Mineral Planning

The environmental impacts of coal-based power generation could be drastically reduced if alternative and cost-efficient technologies are developed, write Dr Qian Zhu and Deborah Adams.

 
 
A call to save the sound of summer

A call to save the sound of summer

03rd June, 2015, Mineral Planning

Quarries, whether restored or still in operation, can provide a valuable habitat for wildlife. Gill Perkins writes how collaboration between a conservation trust and the minerals industry is helping to find new homes for bumblebees.

 
 
Sustainable mining thanks to ISO

Sustainable mining thanks to ISO

03rd June, 2015, Mineral Planning

Mine reclamation is a complex process, lasting long after a site has closed. A new ISO subcommittee is working on an international standard to limit potential long-term damage, write Sun Joon Kim and Reinhard Reinartz

 
 
Tackling the dam problem

Tackling the dam problem

03rd June, 2015, Mineral Planning

Tailings storage failures and tightening environmental regulations are putting pressure on the mining industry to improve design and monitoring. Nick Watson writes how EU guidance can help companies follow best practice.

 
 
 

Latest Casework

National park authority gives weight to economic benefits in approving new polyhalite mine

27th July, 2015, Mineral Planning

The North York Moors National Park Authority has resolved, by eight votes to seven, to approve the development of a new mine head at Dove's Nest Farm, near Whitby and associated development for the extraction of polyhalite.

 
 

Application to regularise higher restoration contours refused

26th July, 2015, Mineral Planning

Permission to vary a condition relating to pre settlement contours at Bunkers Hill quarry has been refused by Hertfordshire County Council because the proposal would result in a obtrusive and dominant landform in the green belt .

 
 

Extension to Norfolk sand and gravel quarry approved

26th July, 2015, Mineral Planning

Norfolk County Council has granted permission, subject to a legal agreement, for an extension to Watlington quarry, near King's Lynn to enable the extraction of 335,000 tonnes of sand and gravel over five years.

 
 

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Operators beware as High Court quashes permission 14 months after grant

Operators beware as High Court quashes permission 14 months after grant

03rd June, 2015, Mineral Planning

In Daniel Gerber v Wiltshire Council the High Court considered a judicial review of Wiltshire Council's decision to grant planning permission for the installation of a solar farm at Broughton Gifford, Wiltshire.

 
 
SMEs will make shale gas a British success

SMEs will make shale gas a British success

03rd June, 2015, Mineral Planning

Most of the actual work in exploiting Britain's onshore oil and gas resources is conducted by SMEs in the supply chain - although you could be forgiven for not realising this when all the talk is of well-known licence holders like Cuadrilla Resources...

 
 
Infrastructure must assume central role after the election

Infrastructure must assume central role after the election

03rd June, 2015, Mineral Planning

Chancellor George Osborne's first speech after the Conservative's general election win was focused on infrastructure. In Manchester he extolled the virtues of a northern powerhouse - in the form of a joined up landmass including Manchester, Leeds, Sh...