Deposition of inert material - Bolton Estates

Deposition of inert material - Bolton Estates

Shawl Quarry is a disused former limestone quarry near Leyburn in North Yorkshire. The site was never restored by the original operator and was a historic liability for its owners, Bolton Estates. The quarry was previously used as an inert tip, but operations hadn't been well managed. As well as various environmental planning concerns, an area of the quarry floor had been colonised by a protected species of orchid while it had lain dormant for many years.
 
We were asked to carry out negotiations on behalf of the estate when they were approached by the current tenant. In addition to agreeing rents and royalties, it was important to make sure that no harm would come to the protected species through the proposed operations. The estate was also concerned about the potential for pollution of a nearby watercourse. We agreed mitigation measures as part of the proposed agreement, including an environmental audit by the tenant ahead of any operations - which also helped with gaining planning consent.
 
Once the lease was agreed, we were retained as managing agent to monitor compliance by the tenant and to administer rental payments.