High Court to hear challenge to coal mine refusal

There is an arguable case that the government unlawfully blocked the development of a coal mine in Druridge Bay, Northumberland, according to a High Court judge

Druridge Bay, Northumberland
The Banks Group argues that the government's refusal of planning permission for its coal mine in Druridge Bay was unlawful

There is an arguable case that the government unlawfully blocked the development of a coal mine in Druridge Bay, Northumberland, according to a High Court judge.

Mr J Ouseley granted permission for judicial review to proceed earlier this week, with the case to be head from 17 October. It could overturn a groundbreaking decision that saw the mine refused planning permission largely due to its potential impact on climate change.

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