Mineral planning applications, appeals, court cases and ombudsman reports


Three million tonne sand quarry refused contrary to recommendation

Worcestershire County Council has refused a proposal for sand and gravel extraction with progressive restoration to agriculture, nature conservation and...

Time extension granted for sand extraction

Essex County Council has approved a proposal to continue extraction of 2.36 million tonnes of sand and gravel at Birch Pit, near Chelmsford until 2028.

Aggregate recycling allowed after no harm found to racehorses

An inspector approved a new inert waste recycling facility in the Hanpshire countryside, finding a special need for a rural location and no unacceptable...

Building stone

Retrospective approval for mineral working for agricultural use

Oxfordshire County council has approved partly retrospective application for development at a limestone quarry in chipping Norton, together with processing...

Continuation of quarrying allowed in Lake District WHS

The Lake District National Park Authority has approved an application to extend the timescale for slate quarrying at Petts quarry, Ambleside.

Output set to increase at Welsh slate quarry

Gwynedd Council has allowed an increase in daily output from a slate quarry near Caernarfon close to the UNESCO Welsh Slate World Heritage Site.

Energy minerals

More efficient design approved for battery storage facility

Perth and Kinross Council has approved amendments to the design of a battery storage system originally approved in 2019.

No objection to battery energy storage system in north-east Scotland

Moray council has resolved to offer no objection to a consultation by the Scottish government on a proposal to install a battery energy storage system...

Cheshire shale gas appeal dismissed

The secretary of state has dismissed a recovered appeal for a site at Ellesmere Port having considered the effects of shale gas exploration on climate...

Industrial minerals

Lime hydrogen trial deemed a success

High-quality lime has been manufactured using hydrogen technology as part of a net zero trial, in what is being claimed as a UK first.

Gypsum extraction approved at East Midlands site

Nottinghamshire County Council has resolved to approve a proposal to extend Bantycock quarry, Newark on Trent to extract five million tonnes of gypsum...

"Speculative" brick clay extraction proposal refused as contrary to policy

West Sussex Council has resolved to refuse an application for a new clay quarry and construction materials recycling facility in wooded countryside north...