The London Borough of Havering is expanding its minerals and waste planning capacity to deal with an increased workload.
The borough is creating a new post of minerals and projects planning officer to lead on applications involving waste and minerals.
According to senior officers, the move has been prompted by an increase in restoration work on minerals sites and a large landfill area, as well as new applications for minerals extraction.
Borough planning manager for projects and regeneration Simon Thelwell said: “We have sand and gravel reserves where development pressures need to be handled sensitively. A lot of old sites have not been well restored and are subject to applications to have more restoration.”
Thelwell said the improving economy had prompted more demand for minerals for construction: in the last year two big extraction applications have been made. Last year there were no applications, he said.
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