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Minerals – Sand Quarry

Client Problem

  • Our client owned a silica sand quarry with a troubled planning history in a smart, rural area
  • Having previously lost an extension application at committee despite an officers’ recommendation in favour, our client wanted to ensure they did not suffer the same fate again with a new application
  • Despite a new minerals policy being in the process of being adopted, it was highly likely that the county councillors would again refuse the new application due to heavy lobbying from the local district and parish councils as well as several aggressive opposition groups

Our Approach

  • Our research identified exactly how each member of the committee had previously voted on the first application, a fact that was not known to the client.  We devised a plan as to how to work with them going forwards
  • We suggested a twofold strategy: doing more than anyone would reasonably expect to mitigate the quarry’s impact on the local community whilst clearly explaining the wider positives a consent would bring to county councillors
  • The client set to with vigour engaging with the local groups and over time devised a market leading solution to the quarry’s impact on the local village
  • We worked with local businesses that supplied, worked with or bought sand from the quarry to help them lobby the council in our client’s favour

Result

  • The client’s work with the local protestors meant that most of them had faded away by the time the application came to committee
  • The officers’ report covered all the support for the application which neutralised much of the opposition
  • Our work directly and indirectly with councillors meant that they were comfortable to vote in favour of the second application


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Stephen Sutton MBE, English blogger and charity activist, 1994-2014

Minerals – Sand Quarry

Client Problem Our client owned a silica sand quarry with a troubled planning history in a smart, rural area Having previously lost an extension application at committee despite an officers’ recommendation in favour, our client wanted to ensure they did not suffer the same fate again with a new application Despite a new minerals policy […]