Council to decide on proposed new mine in Durham

Council to decide on proposed new mine in Durham

A proposed new mine in the north-east of England will go before a council, which will have the power to decide whether it can become a reality or not. Hargreaves Surface Mining has filed an application with Durham County Council in which it documents its intention to create a new opencast mine in countryside close to the outskirts of Durham City, reports the Northern Echo. If it is given the green light, it would aim to extract in the region of 514,000 tonnes of coal and as much as 83,000 tonnes of fireclay from land known as Field House. A spokeswoman for the council told the news source that elected members of the council will now decide whether to grant permission for the development. Overall, the firm is seeking permission to mine in the area for two years and three months, which would then be followed by several years of restoration work. No date has yet been set for the committee meeting at which the council will make a decision, but it is likely to be in a few months. Hargreaves Surface Mining has suggested that some 42 full-time jobs will be created at the new mine, while another 18 seasonal positions will be on offer. This will have a positive impact on the local economy and should trigger further opportunities for nearby businesses. The company is based in Durham and has been working on its plans for a mine at the site for several months. It has even hosted some consultation sessions in a bid to gauge public opinion on the matter. In its application, Hargreaves Surface Mining said through its agent Signet Planning that "significant weight should be attached to the national, local and community benefits that would flow from the scheme". This document went on to explain that there are likely to be substantial economic growth opportunities and these should outweigh the likely consequences of opening a mine in the area.

Please rate

Comments 

Name
Email
  Ctrl + Enter

Most Read

HS2’s longest tunnels reach halfway point under the Chilterns

HS2’s longest tunnels reach halfway point under the Chilterns

HS2 Ltd says that ‘Florence’ and ‘Cecilia’, the two giant tunnelling machines excavating the high speed rail project’s longest tunnels, have passed the halfway point on their 10 mile journey under the Chilterns.   The enormous 2,000 tonne machines have spent the

CP7 projects announced for Wales & Western region

CP7 projects announced for Wales & Western region

Network Rail has announced AmcoGiffen, Octavius, BAM Nuttall, Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, and Taylor Woodrow will be among their trusted suppliers involved in delivering Wales and Western region’s £2bn programme of works over the next eight years.   The six contracts play a

Anglian Water advances 68km water main plan

Anglian Water advances 68km water main plan

Hundreds of kilometres of new interconnecting pipelines – stretching from North Lincolnshire, through Cambridgeshire, to Suffolk and Essex – will be laid as part of the scheme.   The Bury St Edmunds to Colchester pipeline will run for 68km and includes new above-ground assets in

This website uses cookies to enhance your user experience. By continuing to use this site, you consent to our use of these cookies. See our Cookie Policy.