Mineral Planning
Shock planning decision on shale

Shock planning decision on shale

Lancashire County Council has turned down a planning application from Cuadrilla for one of its sites in the county for shale exploration.

 

Latest Knowledge Bank

Logging on to one geodata system

Logging on to one geodata system

04th February, 2015, Mineral Planning

The industry faces challenges to become more environmentally friendly, attract more investor investment and help lower commodity prices. David Ovadia explains how a centralised database could help achieve these goals.

 
 
Awareness drive starts to pay off

Awareness drive starts to pay off

04th February, 2015, Mineral Planning

Twenty years ago, the CBI Minerals Group set up Living with Minerals to reinforce the importance of the minerals industry. Although there is still more work to do, there are signs of a return on investment Alison Carter reports

 
 
Space aids peatland management

Space aids peatland management

04th February, 2015, Mineral Planning

Earth observation is increasingly being used as innovative method of mapping and monitoring the health of peatlands, and is more cost-effective than manual mapping, writes Philip Briscoe

 
 
Welsh plan for its energy industry

Welsh plan for its energy industry

04th February, 2015, Mineral Planning

The Welsh government, keen to provide affordable and secure energy, will soon support community energy schemes to encourage communities to own their own energy, says Ruth Amundson.

 
 
 

Latest Casework

Solutions sought for former opencast coal mine restoration

24th February, 2015, Mineral Planning

Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot Councils have considered options for the restoration of the cross boundary Margam opencast coal site.

 
 

New information leads to deferral of fracking proposals at two sites near Blackpool

23rd February, 2015, Mineral Planning

Applications for exploratory drilling for shale gas involving fracking at two sites in Lancashire have been deferred for eight weeks after Cuadrilla submitted revised proposals.

 
 

West Lothian Council advised to approve noise scheme despite local residents' concerns

23rd February, 2015, Mineral Planning

West Lothian Council has been advised to approve details to discharge a condition on permission for opencast coal mining at Rusha Farm, following an independent technical assessment of noise levels at the site.

 
 

Latest Comment

Wales is right to make the most of its resources

Wales is right to make the most of its resources

04th February, 2015, Mineral Planning

In December I had the pleasure of attending a debate about the challenges for developing energy policy in Wales at an event organised by the Policy Forum for Wales. It was reassuring to hear there was support in the short- to medium-term for energy f...

 
 
Fracking decision shows duplication of environmental controls is unnecessary

Fracking decision shows duplication of environmental controls is unnecessary

04th February, 2015, Mineral Planning

In R (on the application of Frack Free Balcombe Residents Association) v West Sussex County Council [2014] EWHC 4108 (Admin), a residents' association challenged a mineral planning authority's decision to grant planning permission for the exploration...

 
 
Court of Session rules on overriding need for sand and gravel extraction

Court of Session rules on overriding need for sand and gravel extraction

02nd December, 2014, Mineral Planning

In Patersons of Greenoakhill Ltd v The Scottish Ministers, South Lanarkshire Council [2014] CSIH 24, the Court of Session was asked to consider whether a reporter had erred in his reasoning and conclusion that the benefits of a proposal to extract sa...