Mineral planning applications, appeals, court cases and ombudsman reports


Importation of inert waste allowed to restore green belt quarry

Kirklees Council has approved an application to infill a former quarry in the green belt near Dewsbury. The quarry had not been worked to any substantial...

Quarry extension approved at site within North Pennines AONB

A proposal to extract almost seven million tonnes of stone from a carboniferous limestone quarry in the North East has been approved by Durham County Council.

Recycling facility approved to restore quarry for employment use

Devon County Council has approved an application for the recycling of inert material deposited at a disused quarry near Tavistock.

Building stone

Reopening of historic building stone quarry refused over contamination fears

A proposal to extract 29,000 tonnes of Blue Lias limestone from a historical quarry near Taunton has been refused by Somerset County Council owing to an...

Extension to building stone quarry approved

Somerset County Council has approved an application to extend a Blue Lias Limestone quarry at Somerton, near Taunton.

Mineral extraction refused owing to lack of supporting information

A proposal to extract building stone from an historic quarry in the Tyne and Wear green belt has been refused by Northumberland County Council because...

Energy minerals

Updated guidance issued for safe drilling of coal

The Coal Authority has published new guidance to manage the risk of hazardous gases when drilling or piling near coal.

Scottish opencast coal site restoration completed

East Ayrshire Council confirmed restoration of the former Ponesk-Spireslack opencast coal mine in south-west Scotland has been carried out satisfactorily...

Green belt electricity storage facility refused

An inspector has refused to permit an electricity storage facility within the green belt in Surrey, concluding that very special circumstances had not...

Industrial minerals

Quarry extension granted on appeal

An appeal against Somerset County Council's failure to determine an application for an eastern extension to Castle Hill quarry, near Bridgewater has been...

Time extension granted for Yorkshire quarry

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has approved an application seeking to extend operations at Riplingham quarry for an additional 10 years until November...

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...