Stephenson Halliday assisted Bathgate Silica Sand with coordinating and submitting a major planning application for a 4.5-million-tonne south-western extension to its silica sand quarry in Cheshire, UK.

Silica sand is an industrial mineral and is essential to the national economy. Bathgate Silica Sand wanted to increase the quarry’s working life beyond its permitted reserve of 8.5 years. We helped to develop an environmental impact assessment (EIA) and detailed consideration of how to integrate the proposals with the 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. This also reduced potentially significant additional planning application costs. We coordinated the EIA process, submitted the planning application to Cheshire East Council and advised on the content of a planning performance agreement.