6 January, 2021
West Cumbria Mining is delighted that the Government has agreed with Cumbria County Council’s decision to approve the planning application for the project and has lifted its holding direction.
WCM would like to thank all those people and organisations, both in the local community and further afield, who have supported the project over the past six years with particular thanks to Copeland MP Trudy Harrison, Workington MP Mark Jenkinson, Copeland Mayor Mike Starkie and Allerdale Deputy Leader Mike Johnson.
When operational the mine will supply metallurgical coal to the UK and international steel industry, deliver hundreds of well-paid local jobs and support a first-class supply chain across the county.
CEO Mark Kirkbride said on hearing the news “I am delighted that the holding direction has been lifted following what has been an extremely rigorous planning process. My team and I are now looking forward to concluding planning sign-off and then being able to commence preparatory steps to begin site work later this year”.
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Helen Davies, West Cumbria Mining Ltd