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In-Cumbria Interview with WCM’s CEO, Mark Kirkbride

January 2018’s edition of In-Cumbria magazine features an interview with West Cumbria Mining’s CEO, Mark Kirkbride, who discusses the latest developments at WCM in its aim to mine metallurgical coal near Whitehaven in West Cumbria to supply the steel industry at home and abroad. 

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There are five broad stages to the planning process.

Stage One

Screening: Completed

Stage Two

Scoping: Completed

Stage Three

Preparing the Environmental Statement: Completed

Stage Four

Making a Planning Application and Consultation: Submitted 31st May 2017

Stage Five

Decision-making: To be confirmed

Having made significant progress since 2014, we are currently at stage five with our planning having been submitted in May 2017. If the timescales are adhered to, we anticipate determination on planning in early 2018.

What does the immediate future hold? 

  • Continued events and updates to keep all stakeholders – local people, community groups, council members etc – aware of the progress, recommendations and decisions
  • Inspections of the Sandwith Anhydrite mine workings
  • Continuation of detailed design including a Definitive Feasibility Study
  • Offshore exploration programme
  • Ongoing market studies and working with coal buyers
  • Planning permission & environmental permit results

Planning process

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Find out more about the plan

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Please get in touch with any questions or comments relating to the progress of the mine.

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Latest News & Events

In-Cumbria Interview with WCM’s CEO, Mark Kirkbride

January 2018’s edition of In-Cumbria magazine features an interview with West Cumbria Mining’s CEO, Mark Kirkbride, who discusses the latest developments at WCM in its aim to mine metallurgical coal near Whitehaven in West Cumbria to supply the steel industry at home and abroad.