We submitted a planning application for the Highthorn Surface Mine in October 2016.

In July 2016, Northumberland County Council Strategic Planning Committee were minded to approve the planning application pending a decision by the Secretary of State (SoS) for Communities and Local Government to decide whether to ‘call-in’ the application. The SoS ‘called-in’ the decision and there will now be a Public Inquiry starting on Wednesday 31st May 2017.

If the Secretary of State decides to approve the application, Banks Mining would look to begin the site in 2018. The key site facts can be found below:

  • Amount of coal: Up to 3 million tonnes
  • Working area: Up to 250 ha
  • New jobs: At least 50
  • Maintaining current jobs: At least 50
  • Community Fund: £450,000
  • No mining activity within 500m of beach

You can find out more details about the project by visiting the links below:

Public Consultation

Scoping Report

Community Workshop

Planning Application

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