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Mineral planning news and policy developments covering aggregates, building stone, industrial and energy minerals, development plans, restoration and research.

Government delays final decision on opencast coal mine

Government delays final decision on opencast coal mine

The government has said it needs more time to assess the potential climate change impacts of the proposed Druridge Bay opencast coal mine on the Northumberland coast before it can make a final planning decision.

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Breedon wins approval for 1.2Mt sand and gravel quarry

The Highlands Council has grant ed Breedon Northern Ltd planning consent for a vast 23.5 hectare sand and gravel quarry in Upper Remore.

Ineos launches appeal over rejected fracking exploration well

Chemicals giant Ineos is seeking to overturn planning permission for its twice-rejected shale gas exploration well in South Yorkshire.

Lightwater hopes for magnesium limestone site extension

The Potgate Quarry could remain open until 2024 should Lightwater Quarries be successful in applying for an extension.

Vital materials could be recovered from mining waste - study

European Commission research body JRC has said “critical and other raw materials” should be recovered from mining waste and to a lesser degree landfills.

Welsh gold mineralisation boost for Alba

Welsh gold mineralisation boost for Alba

Alba Mineral Resources has extended gold mineralisation at its Colgau mine in north Wales as regional exploration of the area continues to bear fruit.