Stephenson Halliday assisted Bathgate Silica Sand with the coordination and submission of a major planning application. The application was for a 4.5 million tonne south western extension to the operator’s existing silica sand quarry in Cheshire. Silica sand is an industrial mineral which is recognised as being essential to the national economy. There was a need to increase the working life of the quarry beyond the currently permitted reserve of approximately 8.5 years.
The proposal was EIA development and required detailed consideration of how best to integrate the proposals with the already permitted scheme. Stephenson Halliday provided advice about the scope of the EIA to ensure a robust Environmental Statement relating to a cohesive site wide working scheme could be prepared. This also reduced potentially significant additional planning application costs.
Stephenson Halliday coordinated the EIA process, submitted the planning application to Cheshire East Council and advised on the content of a Planning Performance Agreement.