Mineral Planning
Council rejects fracking bid

Council rejects fracking bid

County councillors have unanimously refused plans for fracking at one of two sites lined up for drilling by Cuadrilla.

 

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

Peat extraction application proposed in Scottish Highlands

29th June, 2015, Mineral Planning

The Highland Council has noted a report on a proposal of application notice (PAN) for the extraction of peat on 100 hectares of land near Inverness, together with the use of an existing building and operational area.

 
 

30 year quarry extension recommended for approval

29th June, 2015, Mineral Planning

An application to continue to extract rock from Heddle quarry, Firth and to extend the operational area has been recommended for approval.

 
 

Gloucestershire sand and gravel quarry extension recommended for approval

29th June, 2015, Mineral Planning

Gloucestershire County Council has received a report recommending that permission be granted for an extension to sand and gravel extraction operations at Manor Farm quarry, Fairford, near Cirencester.

 
 

Latest Comment

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...