Mineral planning applications, appeals, court cases and ombudsman reports


2.2Mt quarry extension approved near Neolithic henge

North Yorkshire County Council has approved an extension to an existing sand and gravel quarry at Langwith House Farm, near Bedale.

Land swap agreed for South Wales quarry

Cardiff County Council has approved a controversial application for a quarry extension at Creigiau quarry, involving the extraction of nearly 13 million...

Historic slate quarry extension approved subject to ecological compensation

Cumbria County Council has approved plans for continuation of mineral working at a quarry located immediately to the south of the Lake District national...

Building stone

Transhipment proposal held incompatible with national park

The Peak District National Park Authority has refused an application by Stancliffe Stone to use a former wood yard on the Haddon Hall estate for the storage...

Mineral extraction at landfill site recommended for refusal

An application proposing the extraction of 180,000 tonnes of aggregate and building stone from Arden quarry, near Stockport has been recommended for refusal...

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.

Energy minerals

New risk guide for minerals

New guidance on health risk assessments (HRA) for mining and metals companies has been published.

MP bitter at fracking ruling

A high court ruling that fracking can go ahead has drawn fire from a politician who called the crunch decision a bitter disappointment.

21MW energy reserve facility approved near Hull

Permission has been granted by East Riding of Yorkshire Council for a gas fired energy reserve facility comprising 14 gas reciprocating engines in acoustic...

Industrial minerals

Quarry discharge licences granted

Controversial plans by a hydropower company to empty standing rainwater from two disused quarries have moved forward with the granting of licences.

Time extension granted for Drakelands tungsten mine

An application seeking to extend the life of Drakelands tungsten mine until 2036 and to relax restrictions on the hours of operation of the primary crusher...

Construction bounces back

UK construction companies have three reasons for cheer after market reports from three analysts suggested cautious optimism and a growth in activity.