Heatons have recently obtained two separate planning permissions on agricultural land in the Staffordshire countryside. A Change of Use application was submitted to the local Borough Council for the proposed use of the land as a private paddock, complete with stable block and areas designed for wildlife. Given that the land is part of Newbold Quarry, Heatons were well-placed to use our mineral-planning expertise to also prepare and submit an application to the County Council (as mineral planning authority) in order to revise the Quarry’s restoration scheme to include the proposed paddock.

The proposals generated significant interest given the site’s location as part of the quarry and within the National Forest. The County Council agreed that the proposed paddock, stables and habitat created provided greater benefit than the quarry restoration scheme. We worked with FPCR who produced Biodiversity Net Gain calculations to support our argument. Planning permission was granted for both of our applications.

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