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Increase in Aggregate Recycling Applications
MPG have seen a marked increase in the number of clients approaching us to make aggregate recycling applications on their behalf over the past twelve months.
Mineral / Waste Planning Authorities have been keen to see sites 'on their patch' move up the waste hierarchy and undertake some form of aggregate recycling.
It seems like we are in somewhat of a 'sweet-spot' for these applications to be made and viewed, in general, positively. If you are considering such an application, do not hesitate to contact us for an initial conversation / consultation, free of charge!
A Further 250,000 Tonnes of Low Permeability Mineral Released - The Far Shay (Bradford)
20th April 2017
The variation of 8 conditions associated with an existing Planning Permission have been granted for a clay extraction site (The Far Shay) in West Yorkshire. The site extracts mineral with exceptionally low permeability, primarily used for flood defences, such as Skipton's major flood alleviation scheme.
The approval will facilitate a further 4 years of operations, a 12m deepening of part of the quarry base, an equivalent increase in the volume of fill material, and an increase of the permitted maximum number of HGV movements to and from the site.
In short, this approval will allow for the extraction of a further 250,000 tonnes of this essential mineral.
New Aerial UAV Capabilities at the Mineral Planning Group Ltd.
22nd March 2017
We now have the capability to use Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (drone) imagery to compliment our planning applications and reports. This technology allows us to gain a holistic view of an existing or potential site with immediate effect.
Understandably, quarries are inherently dangerous places, as such, the UAV allows us to access areas otherwise too hazardous to venture on foot.
The UAV therefore allows us to make better informed (and faster) decisions, saving our clients time and money.
Re-assessment of Rock Strength from Brinscall Quarry
17th March 2017
A re-assessment of the uniaxial compression strength of dimension stone from Brinscall Quarry (Armstrongs Aggregates), Lancashire, has shown an increase from the, already exceptionally high, previous value.
This dimension stone is of such quality that it is used as part of the construction of the Sagrada Família Cathedral in Barcelona.
Image source: nationalreview.com
Herdman Lecture Series - MPG Talks About Mineral Planning at Liverpool University
13th March 2017
Associate Director Chris Heffernan gave a talk, as part of the Herdman Lecture Series at Liverpool University, on working in the Minerals and Waste Planning sector.
There is currently a lack of uptake to the Minerals Industry by graduates, and this introduction to what we do hopefully inspired those that attended to consider it as a career option.
MPG love to inspire, and will hopefully have the opportunity to attend similar events in the future. Please keep up to date with us on our Twitter (@MPG_1) and take a look at our careers page.
13th February 2017
A year ago now our colleague and friend Rachel,along with her partner Tim, were caught in an avalanche on Ben Nevis. We miss her greatly but know that she was living life to the full, as always, at the time. We will never forget the dedication shown by Lochaber Mountain Rescue and would ask that you take a moment to view their webpage and leave a donation if at all possible.
Below is a link to Rachel's blog where you can get a taste for some of the adventures she enjoyed.
Our thoughts are with Rachel's family who have shown immense courage throughout, and in doing so have helped us at MPG to slowly come to terms with all that happened.
Development of 2 Dwellings in Former Tin Mining Area, St. Ives, Cornwall
20th January 2017
MPG carries out a diverse array of projects. We secured outline planning permission for 2 dwellings in St. Ives, Cornwall, in 2016, and are currently in the process of discharging conditions.
The site is located near to an historic tin mine, but through our cross-discipline expertise we were able to overcome the complications that arose.