Mineral planning applications, appeals, court cases and ombudsman reports


East Midlands sand and gravel quarry extension approved

Nottinghamshire County Council has approved a proposal by Tarmac to extend Besthorpe quarry, near Newark, to extract three million tonnes of sand and gravel.

Thames marina plan refused for lack of need

Oxfordshire County Council has refused a proposal to extract sand and gravel to create a 280-berth marina and associated development, including a café,...

Increase in lorry movements refused at Suffolk quarry

Councillors at Suffolk County Council have refused permission for an increase in HGV numbers at Hadleigh quarry, despite an officer recommendation to approve...

Building stone

Extension to south-west building stone quarry approved

A proposal for a 2.9-hectare extension to a building stone quarry, near Taunton, has been approved by Somerset County Council.

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...

Energy minerals

Work intensifies at Woodsmith polyhalite mine

Anglo American is set to create 200 new jobs as it starts to ramp up sinking operations at its Woodsmith polyhalite mine near Whitby.

Industrial minerals

Alba secures permit extension for gold-drilling campaign

Alba Mineral Resources has been granted an extension to continue underground drilling at its Clogau-St David’s gold mine in north Wales until the end of...

Planning reforms: why a strategic supply of minerals is key to the government's housing hopes

Proposed planning reforms aimed at speeding up housebuilding appear to have overlooked other forms of development. Ruth Amundson outlines why a strategic...

Clay extraction approved at site within Cotswolds AONB

Gloucestershire County Council has approved proposals to extract 1,400,000 tonnes of clay from a 12-hectare site within the Cotswolds area of outstanding...