Local authority: Newcastle City Council and Northumberland County Council
Postcode of nearby property: NE13 6DA
Site status: Operational
Site area: c244 hectares (c603 acres)
Amount of coal to be recovered: c3.4 million tonnes
Need for coal: Coal is a valuable mineral resource which is used for a variety of purposes including iron and steel manufacture; cement manufacture; coke manufacture; domestic heat generation; sugar production; food and beverage production; chemicals production; patent fuel manufacture (smokeless briquettes); carbon fibre products manufacture and other uses; as well as electricity generation. Over the last decade or so around 9million tonnes per annum of coal has been needed in the UK for non-electricity generation purposes; demand for coal for electricity generation was 14.5million tonnes in 2017.
If we do not produce our own coal in the UK we simply import more from countries such as Russia, the USA, Colombia and Australia which produces more CO2 via its transportation than coal produced in the UK.
Other minerals to be recovered: c200,000 tonnes of fireclay
Site duration: Programmed for completion 2021
Jobs: Around 40 jobs directly supported
Traffic movements: c85 loaded lorries per working day
Restoration: Historic parkland as part of Delhi, works to Serpentine Lake, improved access to Blagdon Park
Community Engagement: A Brenkley Lane liaison committee has been established, please contact us for more information

Brenkley Lane surface mine is an operational site which lies between Newcastle City Council and Northumberland City Council. Banks Mining started extracting coal from this site in 2010.  The site covers around 244 hectares of land. There is approximately 3.4 million tonnes of coal to be recovered and the site supports over 40 jobs directly.

The Brenkley Lane site has a dedicated community benefits fund specifically targeted at areas surrounding the site. To apply for a grant please click here for an application form.

Shotton & Brenkley Lane Community Update, August 2015
Brenkley Lane Non Technical Summary Update, June 2009

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