On behalf of two neighbouring landowners, our initial instruction at Shipley required us to promote land that was known to be a mineral prospect and deliver a working sand & gravel quarry operated under a modern form of mineral lease.
At the outset, the property served as agricultural land featuring neither a local plan allocation favouring mineral working or a planning permission enabling mineral development. Notably, the client had also not secured an operator tenant to work the land and release the underlying mineral resource.
Following an initial tender process, Carter Jonas advised our client upon the choice of a preferred operator and the commercial terms to work the quarry. With the terms of an Option to Lease negotiated and implemented, a planning application was subsequently run by the tenant, with Carter Jonas advising upon the application on behalf of the landowners.
Following a prolonged application process and a judicial review which challenged the initial positive planning decision, the permission was ultimately upheld and works have now begun to extract some 250,000 tonnes of mineral annually from the client’s land for the next 15 to 20 years.
The client said: “As landowners of Shipley Quarry, we received grounded and sound support from Carter Jonas throughout the realisation of this prospect. Paul Clarke has been a proactive and reassuring guide to the families involved.and has enabled the completion of a lease on our site with diligent and mindful support. It has been reassuring to know that we were always in safe and experienced hands. The level of service has been nothing short of exemplary. We are all very grateful and would not hesitate to recommend Paul and the Carter Jonas team” - Richard Baker MRICS
Following the culmination of initial efforts to oversee the promotion and development of the mineral interest, Carter Jonas now manage the lease of the new quarry on behalf of the landowners.