Mineral planning applications, appeals, court cases and ombudsman reports


Revised proposals for historic quarries approved

A proposal to amend quarry operations at Hillhouse and Hallyards quarries, South Ayrshire, to increase the duration of operations, reduce the lateral extent...

Council votes against controversial quarry extension

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council resolved on 6 February to reject plans for an extension to Craig Yr Hesg quarry, near Pontypridd.

Operator released from restoration bond requirement

A request to be released from a restoration guarantee bond for Cranebrook quarry has been agreed by Staffordshire County Council.

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

Welsh slate region in running for World Heritage status

A Welsh slate mining landscape has been nominated by the UK government for UNESCO World Heritage Status.

Full costs awarded over wellsite refusal

A company seeking to extract oil and gas from a site in Lincolnshire secured permission for a 15-year extension to the timescale of operations with a full...

County council seeks new mineral sites

Worcestershire County Council is looking for new quarry sites for mineral extraction across the county as part of a consultation.

Industrial minerals

Green asphalt paves the way for cleaner air

Local authorities could benefit from a new range of low-carbon asphalt products that claim to improve air quality.

ICF launches website for concrete specification

An online platform to assist professionals involved in the specification of concrete construction has been launched by the Irish Concrete Federation and...

Tarmac paves way for London’s first ‘recycled’ road

Tower Hamlets has become the first borough in London to get a ‘recycled road’ made from asphalt containing used tyre rubber crumb.