Casework

Mineral planning applications, appeals, court cases and ombudsman reports

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IBA recycling at quarry refused due to countryside location

An application for an incinerator bottom ash (IBA) recycling facility at a quarry near Bromsgrove has been refused by Worcestershire County Council because...

Hanson to re-open mothballed sand quarry

Dorset County Council has agreed to extend the life of Hines Pit, Wareham for a further five years until 2021 to allow the extraction of the remaining...

Revocation offer fails to secure new permission for limestone extraction

Lincolnshire County Council has refused a proposal to extract limestone and to import fill material at a dormant quarry near Grantham due to lack of need...

Building stone

Application for blasting at Bolton quarry approved after additional information

An application seeking to allow the use of traditional drill and blast techniques at Pilkington quarry has been approved by Bolton Council.

Requirement for passing bays in connection with export of stone

Oxfordshire County Council has agreed to remove a requirement for the provision of two passing bays on a minor road giving access to Castle Barn quarry...

Variation to timescales and blasting methods allowed at Penrith quarry

Cumbria County Council has approved an application to allow further time for the completion of restoration and to regularise the methods used to split...

Energy minerals

Bringing nature back to sites

A decade on from the publication of the RSPB's landmark Nature After Minerals report, Debra Royal considers how much of this potential is being realised...

Treasure map of natural resources

A new book tells an epic story of how Northern Ireland's geological past will sustain its future. Jez Abbott takes a look at the result of a ten-year cross-border...

Hi-tech approach to sustainability

An environmental monitoring system using laser-ranging technology is being trialled in the UK and elsewhere to help to improve sustainability in mining....

Industrial minerals

Filling the void and allaying fears

Too many opencast mines have been left without money to restore them after the owners went out of business. Some firms have specialised in rescuing these...

Fears on tungsten supplies

World production of tungsten concentrates is estimated to fall around 5% throwing uncertainty on supply, demand, trade and prices.

Warning on Autumn Statement

Minerals leaders last week welcomed the chancellor's Autumn Statement but warned delivery of projects must be a key government focus.