Mineral planning applications, appeals, court cases and ombudsman reports


Historic slate quarry extension approved subject to ecological compensation

Cumbria County Council has approved plans for continuation of mineral working at a quarry located immediately to the south of the Lake District national...

Secure fencing details agreed for quarry site

Proposals to erect fencing on the boundary of a former quarry have been approved by Oxfordshire County Council after considering concerns about unauthorised...

Diversion of municipal waste from landfill site leads to revised restoration plans

A revised restoration masterplan for Dix Pit quarry and landfill site, near Oxford has been agreed by Oxfordshire County Council to take account of reduced...

Building stone

Transhipment proposal held incompatible with national park

The Peak District National Park Authority has refused an application by Stancliffe Stone to use a former wood yard on the Haddon Hall estate for the storage...

Mineral extraction at landfill site recommended for refusal

An application proposing the extraction of 180,000 tonnes of aggregate and building stone from Arden quarry, near Stockport has been recommended for refusal...

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.

Energy minerals

New risk guide for minerals

New guidance on health risk assessments (HRA) for mining and metals companies has been published.

MP bitter at fracking ruling

A high court ruling that fracking can go ahead has drawn fire from a politician who called the crunch decision a bitter disappointment.

21MW energy reserve facility approved near Hull

Permission has been granted by East Riding of Yorkshire Council for a gas fired energy reserve facility comprising 14 gas reciprocating engines in acoustic...

Industrial minerals

Quarry discharge licenses granted

Controversial plans by a hydro power company to empty standing rainwater from two disused quarries have moved forward with the granting of licences.

Time extension granted for Drakelands tungsten mine

An application seeking to extend the life of Drakelands tungsten mine until 2036 and to relax restrictions on the hours of operation of the primary crusher...

Construction bounces back

UK construction companies have three reasons for cheer after market reports from three analysts suggested cautious optimism and a growth in activity.