Certificate of Lawful Use and Planning Permission for New Building in the Green Belt approved

Earlier this year Heaton Planning successfully project managed an application for a Certificate of Lawful Use to regularise land within the Nottinghamshire Green Belt as a timber storage yard with associated sales element.  Since the issuing of the CLU, Heaton Planning have secured planning permission for the same client for the erection of a 42m2 welfare building which will enable the client to provide comfortable facilities for staff and customers in the Green Belt location.

New Planner Recruited – Welcome Chris Lindley

Heaton Planning are pleased to welcome Chris Lindley to the team after a successful recruitment campaign. Chris is a chartered town planner with vast experience of a variety of developments, gained through previous roles within a multidisciplinary practice. We look forward to working with him.

Planning Permission Granted for Extension to Northamptonshire Quarry

Heaton Planning have secured Planning Permission for a western extension to Collyweston Quarry in Northamptonshire, on behalf of Bullimores Sand and Gravel Ltd.  The Permission will enable the minerals operator to extract approximately 2 million tonnes of limestone, along with a proportion of building stone and specialist Collyweston slate log.  The Permission incorporates progressive restoration of the site using imported waste material.  Heaton Planning produced the Planning Application and Environmental Statement for this major project.

Heaton Planning Provide Expert Training To Mineral Planners

As featured in this month’s Quarry Management magazine, Heaton Planning have recently delivered lectures to mineral planners from across the UK as part of a bespoke Mineral Planning unit organised by the Institute of Quarrying.  Heaton Planning designed and organised a series of engaging and thought-provoking lectures which were presented by Company Director Simon Heaton.

The presentations revolved around the role of the mineral planner on an individual level and in the wider context of the Planning system.  Lectures were followed by site visits to Cliffe Hill Quarry in Leicestershire in order for the attendees to gain a valuable insight into the practicalities of how positive mineral planning can lead to sustainable minerals development.  Feedback from attendees has been positive, and the Institute of Quarrying have requested that Heaton Planning are involved in future learning courses run by the Institute.

Energybuild Ltd Planning Permission Granted for Aberpergwm Mine

Heaton Planning have helped to secure Planning Permission, subject to the signing of a Section 106 Agreement, for a major deep coal mining operation in South Wales. Heaton Planning project managed the Application over a number of months in order to achieve a positive outcome. The Planning Permission will enable Energybuild Ltd to recover up to 1.5 million tonnes annually of high quality anthracite coal and provide a significant boost for the job market and local economy.

Planning Permission Granted for Duns Tew Quary Extension

On behalf of Smiths and Sons (Bletchington) Ltd, Heaton Planning have secured Planning Permission for a northern and eastern extension to Duns Tew Quarry (East) in Oxfordshire.  The Permission enables the minerals operator to extract approximately 415,000 tonnes of saleable sand, as well as the continued importation of aggregate for blending prior to onward sale for a period of 16/17 years.  Heaton Planning produced the Planning Application and Environmental Statement for this major project.

Planning Permission Granted for New Business Unit in the Green Belt

Heaton Planning produced and submitted a Planning Application on behalf of Dynamite Baits, which has been granted planning permission for a proposed new business unit to provide additional capacity for the production and storage of dry fishing bait and fishing tackle.  Heaton Planning provided a strong case that exceptional circumstances exist, which overcame the sites Green Belt designation.

Success at Major Public Inquiry relating to Deep Coal Mine in South Wales

Heaton Planning appeared at a major Public Inquiry and undertook case management and presented planning evidence on behalf of Energybuild Ltd (a subsidiary of Walter Energy Inc) in order to defend Neath Port Talbot (NPT) County Borough Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for the construction of wind turbines.  The turbines would have been subject to mining subsidence due to the underground mining operations of Aberpergwm Colliery and the regime of subsidence compensation was likely to result in significant sterilisation of coal reserves.

Heaton Planning Director, Simon Heaton prepared two Statements of Evidence and presented evidence at the Public Inquiry.  Heaton Planning worked for two years on the client’s case and ensured that the case at the Inquiry was persuasive, evidence based, and professional.  The Inspector sided with Energybuild Ltd and NPT County Borough Council.  This is a major success for Energybuild Ltd and dismissal of the appeal ensures that 14 million tonnes of coal can be accessed and coal recovery maximised.

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Permission Granted for Deepening of Haughmond Quarry, Staffordshire

Heaton Planning have helped secure planning permission for the deepening of Haughmond Quarry near Shrewsbury on behalf of Aggregate Industries.

Heaton Planning prepared a Planning Application for the quarry deepening, with associated assessment work.  The Application provides for the working of a further 9.4 million tonnes of high specification aggregate, which is of national importance due to its skid resistant properties for use on road surfaces. The deepening of the quarry also results in the retention of 33 jobs.

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