Mineral planning applications, appeals, court cases and ombudsman reports


Extension approved for Hanson's Barton quarry

An application for a 60-hectare extension to the west of Barton quarry has been approved by Staffordshire County Council.

Quarry extension serving HS2 permitted

Staffordshire County Council has approved plans to work an additional 1.5 million tonnes of sand and gravel at a 248 hectare-extension to Alrewas quarry,...

Shropshire quarry extension approved

Shropshire Council has approved an application to extend a sand and gravel quarry near Shrewsbury to release 2.8 million tonnes of mineral, increasing...

Building stone

New conditions determined for old ironstone quarry

New updated conditions have been determined by Lincolnshire County Council for an old mineral site where ironstone extraction was approved in 1961 by the...

Weighbridge and office approved at AONB quarry

An application to continue stone extraction at a quarry in an Oxfordshire area of outstanding natural beauty without complying with conditions has been...

Bath Stone mine access recommended for approval

Wiltshire County Council's consideration of an application for a new inclined mine entrance at a site near Corsham has been postponed after the planning...

Energy minerals

NPPF changes cause secretary of state to reject opencast mine proposal

The secretary of state has disagreed with his 2017 inspector's recommendation for approval and refused an opencast coal mine in Northumberland in a redetermined...

Water abstraction plant allowed to remain to serve power station

An application to retain water abstraction infrastructure to provide water from a canal for the Keadby 2 power station hs been recommended for approval...

Highthorn coal mine plans rejected for second time

The government has refused planning permission for Banks Mining's Highthorn opencast coal mine at Druridge Bay in Northumberland for a second time.

Industrial minerals

Cement works seeks more sustainable fuel source to reduce carbon footprint

Staffordshire County Council has approved an application for a fuel storage and feed system for alternative feed firing at a greenfield site adjacent to...

Scotgold braced for first gold pouring from Cononish mine

Scotgold Resources is expecting to pour the first gold from its Cononish project in the Scottish Highlands by the end of November.

Concrete targets carbon-neutral future by 2050

Forty cement and concrete companies including Breedon Group and Cemex have become signatories of a global climate ambition to deliver carbon neutral concrete...