Mineral planning applications, appeals, court cases and ombudsman reports


Silica sand extension approved

A proposal to extract one million tonnes of silica sand from an extension to Kingsley quarry, on the northern edge of the South Downs National Park has...

Haulage use agreed at quarry to overcome trespass issues

East Riding of Yorkshire County Council has resolved to grant permission for a proposal to change the use of a former quarry to a haulage yard subject...

Essex council considers sites for review of conditions

Essex County Council has received a report updating members on the current status of the planning authority's programme for review of mineral permissions...

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

IQ rolls out Covid-19 contingency plan

The Institute of Quarrying (IQ) has outlined its contingency plans including support for members as the Coronavirus crisis continues.

Coal Authority demolishes unsafe houses to cap mine shaft

The Coal Authority (CA) has capped a 200m deep coal mine shaft to keep residents safe in Wigan.

Alternative restoration scheme approved for former surface mine

An amended restoration scheme for a parcel of land previously forming part of the Minorca surface mine site in Measham has been approved by Leicestershire...

Industrial minerals

Sirius Minerals changes name as takeover completes

Sirius Minerals has changed its name to Anglo American Woodsmith following the takeover of the company by Anglo American.

MPA urges action on moving machinery and isolation

Companies are being urged to take action to mitigate risks associated with moving machinery and isolation.

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.