Mineral planning applications, appeals, court cases and ombudsman reports


Aggregate recycling facility rejected due to green belt harm

Surrey County Council has refused a proposal for a construction waste recycling facility at Shepperton quarry in the north of the county because of harm...

Changes to quarry working scheme approved

A proposal to revise the scheme of working at a mothballed sand and gravel quarry in the metropolitan green belt has been approved by Kent County Council.

Ancillary concrete batching plant approved at Suffolk quarry

A retrospective application for the installation and operation of a concrete batching plant at Lawns Farm quarry has been approved by Suffolk County Council.

Building stone

Amendment to stone transportation arrangements granted

Oxfordshire County Council has allowed the variation of conditions to allow the transport of large stone blocks from Castle Barn quarry by HGV following...

Slate waste tip recovery scheme refused on appeal

An appeal against Gwynedd County Council's refusal to give permission to extract material for use as walling stone, fill and aggregate has been dismissed...

New conditions determined for Yorkshire building stone quarry

Calderdale Council has approved a set of new conditions for a building stone quarry near Halifax.

Energy minerals

Court backs anti-mining campaign

The high court has backed a fight to stop an open-cast mine from being dug in picturesque countryside, opening the way for a judicial review.

MPA reflects on tragic year

Leaders at a major health and safety conference have reflected on "so tragic" a year and pledged to "reset the agenda" for minerals.

Battery storage facility rejected in green belt

A 40.9 megawatt battery storage facility on part of an agricultural field in the Bristol and Bath green belt was refused permission by an inspector due...

Industrial minerals

New conditions for chalk quarry take account of HGV concerns

New conditions have been determined for Southern Sand and Gravel's Oxted quarry, an operational chalk quarry that had been active for more than 150 years.

Restoration of quarry approved after amendments to reduce noise impact

A proposal to import inert waste from major construction projects by rail to restore a former quarry near Cambridge has been approved by Cambridgeshire...

Silica sand to replace PFA at Kent blockmaking works

Kent County Council has granted prior approval for silica sand imports and stocking at a blockmaking factory in the green belt and AONB.