Identifying, analysing and selecting suitable sites for minerals and waste projects demands a broad skills base and considerable expertise. LUC has a long-established reputation in landscape feasibility, as well as landscape and visual impact assessment for a variety of mineral and extraction projects.
Our involvement covers the entire project lifecycle, from environmental considerations during site identification, feasibility and planning (including EIA) through to discharging planning conditions and auditing during implementation. We provide landscape design and restoration plans, management and ecology services, and undertake evidence base studies. Our landscape advice on the Cononish Gold Mine was instrumental in securing consent for this project within Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
Our work includes Sustainability Appraisal, Strategic Environmental Assessment and Habitat Regulations Appraisal. Our support helps mineral planning authorities ensure compliance with EU legislation, national legislation and regulations, and national policy, while also reducing opposition to mining proposals and protecting the local environment.
West Sussex Wharves and Railheads Study
“The work carried out by LUC for WSCC has been of the highest standard. The technical knowledge and planning experience of the team working on our study was second to none. We would happily work with LUC again.” Rupy Sandhu, Minerals and Waste Planning Officer, West Sussex County Council
Oxfordshire Local Aggregates Assessment
“We are very pleased with the work that LUC have done on this project; it has helped us considerably in moving the Oxfordshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan forward.” Peter Day, Minerals and Waste Policy Team Leader, Oxfordshire County Council
Mining in Malawi and Armenia
We operate internationally, recently leading a team of consultants in a Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA) for Malawi’s mining sector. The SESA describes the environmental and social characteristics of the country and its geology and mineral resources. Having identified environmental, social and socioeconomic risks and opportunities, we reviewed and analysed the legislative, institutional and financial framework and issues associated with mining and assessed potential solutions and identified best practices. This project took place over two years with contributions from the UK, Malawi, Kenya and Denmark.
We also prepared the landscape and visual impact assessment for the Amulsar Gold Mine in Armenia, to be included as part of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA).