Economic benefits
Dewley Hill could provide jobs and careers for about 50 people, but also deliver substantial investment for local businesses and the supply chain.

Banks already makes a big contribution to the North East’s economy:

  • Over 300 local staff
  • Over £35m spent annually including
  • £16m spent on the local supply chain
  • £9.5m spent on wages

Economic benefits of Dewley Hill surface mine

Environmental Benefits

During the operation of the site, a biodiversity action plan is setup to manage wildlife and habitats. The objective of the plan is to ensure the key identified species (listed below) are maintained on or around the site throughout operations.

  • Brown hare, bats, otter, barn owl, lapwing, skylark, yellowhammer, reed bunting, linnet, tree sparrow and grey partridge

Our restoration plan aims to provide net environmental gains across a range of interests. From the commencement, with the establishment of improved public access and the creation of new woodland and species rich grassland, the aim is to improve the green infrastructure running around and through the site. The diagram below shows the net benefit of the the restoration plan, particularly the creation of an 18ha Carr woodland and 4.1km of new footpath and bridleway.

Dewley Hill - Net Environmental Gain

Banks Community Fund
Community organisations and voluntary groups close to a proposed or operational Banks site are eligible to apply for a grant from the Banks Community Fund. Since the fund was set up we have awarded over £3 million in grants which have benefited over 80,000 people. Examples of grants that could be eligible include play park equipment to provide safe spaces for young children, new furniture for a community centre to make local centres more accessible or even training equipment for a sports club to encourage more people to participate in sport.

Funding is available NOW for community groups, sport clubs and other local organisations in your area so please use contact Jeannie Kielty at to find out how to apply for a grant and to see if your project is eligible.

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