Minerals Matters — Summer 2013

Summer is finally here and with it comes the latest edition of Minerals Matters. In this edition, DLA Piper has covered a wider range of topics than ever before. There are articles on both trespass and nuisance claims (the latter in particular being an area where increased activity is being seen), proposed changes to the health and safety Approved Codes of Practice, information on minerals-related capital allowances rules, an update on the changes to the RO MP system and a reminder about the imminent removal of the overriding status of manorial rights. DLA Piper’s Mining and Minerals sector head has also provided an overview of how best to plan, finance and deliver large mining projects.

As well as the issues covered within this edition, there have been other notable developments in the minerals sector over the last few months. These include the government’s announcement that aggregate and industrial minerals proposals be allowed to use the Nationally Significant Infrastructure planning regime, opening up the potential for key consents to be dealt with as part of a one-stop service. On this, the government has noted that, while it does not intend to set legislative development size thresholds, it anticipates publishing indicative thresholds, increasing that for aggregates and minerals to 150 hectares (from the 100 hectares proposed in the original consultation). Another key development is the introduction of the requirement from 1 July to CE mark construction products…

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