8 October 2020

Cumbrian coal mine agreed by councillors

Cumbria County Council has approved plans to create the UK's first new coal mine in 30 years.

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Black coal © CC0 Public Domain: Petr Kratochvil

The mine will be operated by West Cumbria Mining and is expected to extract 2.4 Mt annually for use in industry.

The £165M Woodhouse coal mine development is for a large underground metallurgical coal mine. The output is intended for steel production.

The Cumbria County Council Development Control and Regulation Committee recommendation is still subject to the Secretary of State’s approval.

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