How are specialists responding to the need for sustainability?
Sustainability and environmental impact are prominent issues in minerals and waste management activities, and this is reflected in the work specialist surveyors do for clients, landowners and local authorities and their responsibility to the sustainability agenda. Monitoring compliance with mineral planning conditions is an essential requirement of a mineral planning authority’s duty to manage sustainable mineral development and environmental impact assessments are a necessary part of the preparation and submission of planning applications.
Chartered minerals surveyors will prepare the multiple technical reports required to produce an environmental impact assessment, often project managing the delivery of a comprehensive set of specialist documents. Surveyors may work on new or continuing sites but may also prepare environmental statements for the decommission or repurposing of old sites.
With a strong focus on recycling in the UK, landfill capacity is viewed at a premium. Surveyors may assess remaining capacity, planning status, restoration liabilities and prepare EA permit applications for dormant sites.
The sensitivities around mineral extraction such as preservation of natural features or factors of conservation value, impact not just planning, but access, valuation and assessment of “hope” value. Specialists may also advise on access issues and estate planning matters such leases and taxation.