Sept 18 Newsletter - Page 8

“It is essential that there is a sufficient supply of
minerals to provide the infrastructure, buildings,
energy and goods that the country needs.”
National Planning Policy Framework 2018 (paragraph 203)
“Quite simply, our economy could not function
without minerals and mineral products which touch
virtually every aspect of our lives - in housing,
schools, hospitals, roads, rail, power stations,
airports, ports, food, water and agriculture.
It is crucial therefore that the link is made between
the need for more and better housing and infrastructure and the raw material supply chain that
enables them to be delivered.”
UK Minerals Strategy July 2018 (Foreword)
Minerals Planning Overview
Stephenson Halliday Ltd
The UK is a crowded island with limited space for development
Meeting the mineral planning challenge has been a key area
and increasing demands from a growing population. The Office
for National Statistics (ONS) projected a population increase of
over 4 million during the 2010’s and a similar growth figure for
the 2020’s. The development of all the infrastructure needed
to house, educate, transport etc. the UK’s population and the
goods and services it relies upon can only be constructed if
there is an adequate and reliable supply of building materials.
Minerals are finite resources and can only be worked where
they naturally occur. The challenge for mineral planners is
securing a sufficient supply in a sustainable way.
of business for Stephenson Halliday Ltd from its creation in
2001 through to a thriving minerals sector today. We specialise
in simply obtaining planning permission for our clients. The
planning system continues to evolve to respond to national
and international influences. What seems clear however is that
the demands on applicants in terms of providing information,
assessments of, and justification for, proposals are all increasing
in complexity. Our focus on planning means we have the
experience and skills to assist our clients in developing schemes
and then successfully navigate schemes them through the
planning system. We have assisted clients in securing additional
reserves, minerals processing, and transportation facilities
throughout Northern England, Scotland, and in Wales.
Current Project Examples
One of our Associate Directors, Nick Edwards in the Stephenson
Halliday Kendal office, is currently providing planning
consultancy services to West Cumbria Mining for their Cumbrian
Metallurgical Coal Project (CMCP). The CMCP is a proposal for
the extraction of metallurgical coal which would be used for
the production of steel. At present there are no such mines in
the UK and all metallurgical coal is imported from the USA and
The CMCP proposal is for the development of a new
underground mine to extract in excess of 2 million tonnes of
metallurgical coal every year over a 50 year period just to
the south of Whitehaven. The £165million project involves the
development of a coal processing and handling facility on the
former Marchon site with an underground conveyor leading
to a facility to load coal on to the Cumbrian Coast Rail Line for
transportation and distribution.
Our Planning Director, Mary Campbell located in the Newcastle
office, provides planning advice to Burlington Stone; a
prestigious producer of natural stone sourced from South
Lakeland and the Lake District. Burlington Stone extracts stone
from quarries, many of which are centuries old, and have
provided the walling stone, roofing slate and architectural stone
that contribute so much to the Lake District’s distinctive building
vernacular. Inevitably these quarries are located in sensitive
rural locations. Mary works with her team of planners and
landscape architects to liaise with the planning authorities and
prepare working schemes that respect the sensitive landscape
and cultural qualities of the Lakes.
One of our Senior Environmental Planners, Susan Bell who
works from our Glasgow office, is currently assisting Tarmac
Trading Ltd with a planning application for a proposed
extension to their decorative cobblestone quarry at Caysbriggs,
close to Lossiemouth. The proposal comprises the extraction
of the material, which would be transported to the operational
quarry for processing and dispatch to market.
An Environmental Impact Assessment was undertaken for the
Proposal, which was coordinated by the Stephenson Halliday
team in Glasgow. Due to the location of sensitive receptors, the
EIA process was key in identifying suitable mitigation measures
to eliminate and reduce any significant environmental effects of
the proposal.
As well as providing planning consultancy and EIA coordination
services, Stephenson Halliday also assisted with the Pre-Application Consultation process with the local community. Our
graphics and visualisation team prepared an innovative
animation illustrating a fly-through of each phase of extraction
and the progressive restoration. The animation was played
continuously at the public exhibition and proved to be an
invaluable tool in aiding understanding of the proposal.
If you want to know more
about our mineral planning
service and how our team
could work with you please
contact Mary Campbell
in our Newcastle office
tel: 0191 662 0131 or Nick
Edwards in our Kendal
Office on 01539 739000.
The Minerals
Planning Challenge:
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