Judge overturns Hartlepool Borough Council's ruling

A judge has overturned Hartlepool Borough Council's ruling that a company has been mining a quarry without consent. The council refused to consider an application by Hart Aggregates Ltd to change conditions on a 1971 permission because it said that the firm had failed to restore worked-out areas. But last week Mr Justice Sullivan said that the original permission did not contain a requirement for restoration and that the company had made sufficient attempts to comply with the consent.

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