Mineral planning applications, appeals, court cases and ombudsman reports


Extension approved for Devon quarry

An application seeking to extend an established sand and gravel quarry, near Newton Abbot and to revise the restoration scheme has been approved by Devon...

Amended restoration proposals approved for biodiversity benefits

A proposal seeking to amend the restoration plans of Venn Ottery quarry to take account of reduced mineral extraction has been approved by Devon County...

Consolidation of quarrying consents supported

An application to consolidate and extend planning consents at one of the largest quarry complexes in west Wales has been approved in principle by Carmarthenshire...

Building stone

Application for blasting at Bolton quarry approved after additional information

An application seeking to allow the use of traditional drill and blast techniques at Pilkington quarry has been approved by Bolton Council.

Requirement for passing bays in connection with export of stone

Oxfordshire County Council has agreed to remove a requirement for the provision of two passing bays on a minor road giving access to Castle Barn quarry...

Variation to timescales and blasting methods allowed at Penrith quarry

Cumbria County Council has approved an application to allow further time for the completion of restoration and to regularise the methods used to split...

Energy minerals

MPs hail rail freight

MPs insisted rail freight was essential to construction in front of 80 industry leaders at a recent parliamentary reception.

Quarrier wins newt licence

A quarry company has been granted a licence to relocate great crested newts at a site in Ludlow, Shropshire.

More time allowed for restoration of wellsite in national park

An additional three years has been granted for restoration of a wellsite after drilling of an exploratory gas borehole in the North York Moors national...

Industrial minerals

Ruling on conflict minerals

A British politician has welcomed what he calls "unprecedented" rules to tackle the use of conflict minerals in common household goods.

Filling the void and allaying fears

Too many opencast mines have been left without money to restore them after the owners went out of business. Some firms have specialised in rescuing these...

Fears on tungsten supplies

World production of tungsten concentrates is estimated to fall around 5% throwing uncertainty on supply, demand, trade and prices.