Mineral planning applications, appeals, court cases and ombudsman reports


Extension of mineral site allowed for stockpiles

Essex County Council has approved a proposal for the change of use of agricultural land adjoining Colemans Farm sand and gravel site for the storage of...

Sand and gravel extraction refused due to green belt impact

An application for the phased extraction of 1.25 million tonnes of sand and gravel has been refused by Hertfordshire County Council because it would harm...

Amendments approved for soft sand extraction site

West Sussex County Council has approved an extension of time for sand extraction at Washington sand pit until 2019 but restoration by infill with inert...

Building stone

Small-scale building stone quarry to continue until 2033

Calderdale Council has allowed a building stone quarry in the green belt to continue for an extra 15 years and has approved a change of use of an extension...

Extension approved at Bath stone quarry

A controversial proposal to extend a small quarry and to vary the restoration scheme has been approved by Bath and North East Somerset Council, subject...

New quarry approved in Huddersfield green belt

Kirklees Council has approved plans to extract one million tonnes of sandstone from a greenfield site near Huddersfield over 20 years.

Energy minerals

New recruits at new mine

A new coal mine is gearing up for business after the first recruits were taken on at the new Bradley surface mine in County Durham.

Mining revenues 'dramatically' up

Mining is enjoying a boom thanks to continuing recovery in commodity prices that have "dramatically" pushed up revenues, according to global accountancy...

Retention of wellsite for hydrocarbon production permitted

Permission has been granted by West Sussex County Council to retain Lidsey Oil Site for hydrocarbon production for ten years.

Industrial minerals

DEFRA plans threaten quarries

Government plans for super-strict conservation laws across the countryside could threaten almost a quarter of quarrying operations, industry leaders warn.

New rail training centre

Students have been given a fast-track taste of what it takes to build UK rail infrastructure at a new training centre.

Transfer of clay to new stocking area approved

Leicestershire County Council has permitted a clay stocking area at a clay pipe manufacturing works near Swadlincote.