Mineral planning applications, appeals, court cases and ombudsman reports


Sand and gravel extraction approved for London market

An application to extend mineral working at Fairlop quarry to recover one million tonnes of sand and gravel has been approved by the London Borough of...

Additional disposal capacity approved for PFA from Aberthaw power station

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has approved a proposal to increase the volume of pulverised fuel ash deposited in Aberthaw quarry and to vary the final...

Subterranean quarry approved near Heathrow airport

The London Borough of Hounslow has granted outline permission for the extraction of three million tonnes of sand and gravel to create a 177,500 square...

Building stone

Variations approved for stone processing site

An application to vary a permission for stone storage and processing at Hagg Wood quarry has been approved by Kirklees Council.

Reserves exchange application in national park approved

The Peak District National Park Authority has approved a one-hectare extension to Pilhough quarry at Stanton Moor, subject to the revocation of permission...

Quarry schemes agreed after stop notice

Oxfordshire County Council has approved an extension to Great Tew quarry after the operator submitted three key schemes linked to pre-commencement conditions.

Energy minerals

First shale community payout

A shale exploration company has been praised for making the UK's first payment to a community benefit fund run by onshore oil and gas trade association.

Fracking "hype" draws criticism

The minerals sector has hit back after a leading academic suggested the gas reserves in shale rocks in the UK had been "hyped".

Lawyers threaten coal plants

Coal plants that break new pollution laws have been warned they will be targeted by environmental lawyers eager to sue them for breaking the stringent...

Industrial minerals

Lithium miner secures £1m

The search for lithium in the heart of Poldark country moved into overdrive last week when a mining company secured £1m to start exploration.

Celebration for coking blackspot

A former coking works once condemned as one of the most polluted sites in Europe is celebrating ten years as a restoration showcase.

Thousands visit active quarry

Around 3,000 people last week visited an active quarry site that has become an exemplar of wildlife found across Hertfordshire and Middlesex.