The quarry and aggregates sector is essential to the economy and a vital element in a recovering construction sector in terms of the delivery of housing and other critical public infrastructure.
The industry in Ireland has gone through a tumultuous period, both economic and regulatory. On the economic front, the collapse of the construction industry impacted directly on the sector. On the regulatory side, the sector has been through the Section 261 registration process in 2004/2005 and more recently the extremely onerous Substitute Consent planning process.
The Substitute Consent planning process has resulted in a regulatory quagmire for the sector which has made the future uncertain for many operators. On the other hand, the recovery in the construction industry has resulted in an improved outlook for the sector economically but many operators still have considerable challenges on the regulatory front.
MKO have considerable experience in the quarry and aggregates sector. Through the CIF/NCPA we have contributed to information events throughout the country on the requirements under the Section 261 registration process. We have continued to represent the interests of the industry in the context of Section 261A Substitute Consent, and have successfully handled planning applications for a number of operators. As a result, MKO are very well positioned to assist operators with the regulatory process and with the planning and environmental requirements of both existing and new projects.