About Richard


Richard Hunt has over 20 years of experience of Mineral and Waste Planning in the public and private sectors.


He has a broad range of experience on Minerals and Waste Projects, many involving Environmental Impact Assessment. He has worked for :



• York Potash, Head of Planning, 2011 – 2015

• Turley Associates, Associate Director, 2007 - 2011

• Atkins, Principal Planner, 2005-2007

• Nottinghamshire County Council, Senior Mineral Planning Officer, 1994-2005



He has worked on minerals projects relating to both opencast and deep mine mineral extraction involving minerals such as sand and gravel, clay, silica sand, coal, gypsum, oil and potash.


He was “employed … as the Head of Planning for the York Potash Project from 2011 to 2015 on the basis of his extensive knowledge of planning and legislation relating to minerals development”

“He put in long hours for an extensive period of time, again reflecting the team ethos, and advised on all facets of the planning process including the initial procedures relating to the Development Consent Order process”


“He informed the strategy for exploring the options available to extract the mineral which then underpinned the planning arguments in favour of the now permitted location for the mine – the ‘Major Development test’. This was a team effort which relied on numerous subject matter experts and Richard contributed fully at that strategic level”


- Chris Fraser, Chief Executive, Sirius Minerals plc (York Potash Project)

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