Mineral Planning
Ineos ups its ante on shale

Ineos ups its ante on shale

Ineos has agreed to buy an 80% stake in a petroleum exploration and development licence in the Midland Valley of Scotland.

 

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New horizons for metal mining

New horizons for metal mining

01st October, 2014, Mineral Planning

The south west is rich in metals such as tin and tungsten but has a chequered history of successful production. Richard Scrivener finds a rich mineral seam and a company keen to dig deep

 
 
Read between the lines on NPPF

Read between the lines on NPPF

01st October, 2014, Mineral Planning

To some people, the NPPF has not left the planning system in a good place but with demand for aggregates showing signs of recovery, planners in the industry have some catching up to do, says Ken Hobden

 
 
Striving to streamline the system

Striving to streamline the system

01st October, 2014, Mineral Planning

As Northern Ireland construction digs itself out of recession, government has pledged to create a planning system that is fast, fair and fit for purpose. But is this just another soundbite or a serious attempt at action? Gareth McCallion reports

 
 
Newts? It's all in the genes

Newts? It's all in the genes

01st October, 2014, Mineral Planning

Detecting the presence of great crested newts using DNA in water samples could help transform conventional survey practices by saving time and money, say Jane Brinkley and Katrena Stanhope

 
 
 

Latest Casework

Agricultural improvement scheme allowed in AONB

20th October, 2014, Mineral Planning

A revised proposal to restore a disused quarry near Honiton to agricultural land using imported inert waste has been approved despite little policy support for waste disposal within an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB).

 
 

CMM energy park given go-ahead in Stoke-on-Trent

20th October, 2014, Mineral Planning

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has allowed a proposal for a methane gas energy park and associated development using coal mine methane (CMM) extracted from old mine workings.

 
 

More time allowed for sand and gravel extraction

20th October, 2014, Mineral Planning

Norfolk County Council has allowed an extension of time for working and restoring sand and gravel workings at a mothballed quarry near Norwich.

 
 

Latest Comment

Casework reflects continued debate over energy minerals applications

Casework reflects continued debate over energy minerals applications

01st October, 2014, Mineral Planning

The role of elected councillors in local government is complex. They need to balance the needs and interests of their ward residents, those of the wider borough, their party and the council as a whole.

 
 
Court of Appeal rules on assessing impacts on heritage assets

Court of Appeal rules on assessing impacts on heritage assets

01st October, 2014, Mineral Planning

In East Northamptonshire DC v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Barnwell Manor Wind Energy Ltd v East Northamptonshire DC [2014], the Court of Appeal was asked to consider the statutory duty contained within section 66 of the Pl...

 
 
Planning performance pays, but there are buts

Planning performance pays, but there are buts

01st October, 2014, Mineral Planning

The Scottish government is desperately trying to improve its planning process and in recent years has tried to make the system more workable. A major stumbling block has been local planning authorities, many of which implemented government rules acco...