Planning application submitted for additional extraction at Brenkley Lane surface mine

October 9, 2013 | Brenkley News

A planning application to allow additional work at a north east surface mine has been submitted for planning approval.

Regional employer Banks Mining is looking to continue its operations at the Brenkley Lane surface mine, which sits to the north of Newcastle, and has identified an additional 14 hectare area on the site from which it wants to mine over 500,000 further tonnes of coal.

The additional work would not require any extension of the site’s current operational timescale, with the site still set to be completely restored by the end of 2021.

The Brenkley Lane mine has been operating successfully since 2010, and alongside Banks’ nearby Shotton surface mine, contributes around £35m to the regional economy every year.

Over 200 people are employed across the two sites, which already together provide more than £400,000 in annual business rates to Northumberland County Council and Newcastle City Council.

Earlier this year, Banks held two public exhibitions to discuss its plans with local people, and has used the feedback received to finalise the design of the Brenkley Additional scheme.

If planning permission is granted for this additional work, it would help enable Banks to increase its support for local facilities through Banks Brenkley Lane Community Fund, which provides grants to local community groups, voluntary organisations and environmental projects.

Mark Dowdall, Banks’ environment and community director, says: “Banks Mining sites deliver significant employment, supply chain and community benefits to the local area and we are pleased that the local feedback about these proposals has been very positive.

“The Brenkley Lane surface mine operates in a safe, responsible and efficient way, and the additional work we’re looking to undertake will help provide both continuity of employment for the many local people that work on the site and additional revenues to go towards further significant improvements of local community facilities.

“Banks has been a significant employer in south east Northumberland for many years, and our ambition is to remain so for many more years to come.”

Anyone wanting more information on the Brenkley Additional proposals should contact the Banks Mining development relations team via brenkley@banksgroup.co.uk or on 0191 378 6100.

For more information on the project please visit www.banksgroup.co.uk/brenkley-lane

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