‘Environmentally unacceptable’: Government rejects opencast coal mine a second time

The communities secretary has for a second time rejected plans for a £120m Highthorn opencast coal mine near Druridge Bay in Northumberland, against a planning inspector’s recommendations, this time on ‘environmentally unacceptable’ grounds.

by James Agyepong-Parsons
Banks Mining wants to dig England's largest opencast coal mine on the Northumberland coast at Druridge Bay. Photograph: Simon Cobb
Banks Mining wants to dig England's largest opencast coal mine on the Northumberland coast at Druridge Bay. Photograph: Simon Cobb

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