The case against a new Coal Mine
West Cumbria Mining want to open a new deep mine at Whitehaven West Cumbria. Part of the mine would run under the Irish Sea, but that section will need a separate consent from the Marine Management Organisation. Legal action from SLACC and public pressure pursuaded Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government to “call in” the planning application, and hold a Public Inquiry.
Mr Stephen Normington was appointed as Planning Inspector, and after hearing all the evidence, he will write a report and send it to Robert Jenrick, who will make a decision whether to refuse or approve the application.
South Lakes Action on Climate Change and Friends of the Earth have objected to the application for many years, on the grounds that the mine would increase Carbon Emissions and be contrary to planning policy. We are both “Rule 6 Parties” at the Inquiry, and are each represented by a Barrister.
The inquiry begins on the 7 September and it can be watched on the Planning Inspectorate’s YouTube channel
- Second week of public inquiry focusses on mining giants need for coalIn week two of a five week public inquiry , instigated by a small Cumbrian charity backed by global support, the focus is on a mining giants’ evidence of a need for coal. The internationally connected West Cumbria Mining Company (WCM)  wants planning permission to operate a new coal mine on the west coast …