Government delays final decision on opencast coal mine

The government has said it needs more time to assess the potential climate change impacts of the proposed Druridge Bay opencast coal mine on the Northumberland coast before it can make a final planning decision.

Northumberland County Council initially granted the Banks Group planning permission to open a mine at Highthorn, near Druridge Bay, in 2016.

However, the decision was last year blocked by then communities secretary Sajid Javid, who ruled against the plan on the grounds of its potential impact on climate change and damage to the landscape.

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