Deep coal mining returns to UK after council gives go-ahead

Planning permission for a £165m coal mine on the site of an old chemical works has been signed off by Cumbria County Council, which would make it the UK’s only deep coal mine, once built.

Planning permission for a £165m coal mine on the site of an old chemical works has been signed off by Cumbria County Council, which would make it the UK’s only deep coal mine, once built.

The application to develop the 565 hectare site between Whitehaven and St Bees Coast in Cumbria, was granted planning permission yesterday.

At full capacity, the Woodhouse Colliery will extract and process 2.4m tonnes of coking coal a year, to be used for steelmaking, and 350,000 tonnes of middlings coal every year for cement manufacture.

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