Mineral planning applications, appeals, court cases and ombudsman reports


Aggregate recycling proposal approved

An application seeking to continue the use of industrial land in east Yorkshire for hot and cold recycling of road planings has been approved by East Riding...

Extension to Leicestershire quarry approved

An application to extract 850,000 tonnes of sand and gravel from an extension to Shawell quarry has been approved by Leicestershire County Council.

'Visually harsh' concrete batching plant refused

A proposal for the construction of a concrete batching plant, cabin and ancillary structures to a height of 15.8 metres has been refused on appeal.

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.

Revised working scheme approved for Cumbrian quarry

Cumbria County Council has allowed a variation to conditions for Birkhams quarry in Sandwith approving a revised working scheme and minor alterations to...

Energy minerals

Cuadrilla demobilises fracking equipment at Preston site

Shale gas exploration firm Cuadrilla has confirmed that no further fracking will take place at its Preston New Road site in Lancashire before current planning...

Why more geologists are needed in the climate fight

Long associated with fossil fuels, geologist are now the forefront of finding ways to tackle the climate crisis. Craig Storey, James Darling and Nick Koor...

Geologists are necessary for the shift to a sustainable future

The historical association of geoscience with the oil and gas and extractive industries could be responsible for a decline in student numbers on geology...

Industrial minerals

Diversity still a top priority in construction

Industry leaders have called on the construction sector to do more to support diversity and inclusion.

Sirius funding review slows polyhalite mine progress

Sirius Minerals is to undertake a six-month review to explore alternative finance options for its troubled polyhalite fertiliser mining project in North...

Hanson secures future of Kent site with £7m asphalt upgrade

Hanson UK has invested more than £7m in a new asphalt plant at its Allington site near Maidstone in Kent, to secure the long-term future of the site.