We have always recognised the value of the knowledge of the people local to Woodhouse Colliery, the mining history, heritage and the local environment. As we move forward to the next stages of the project, we would like to continue to involve the local community as much as possible and give everyone who has an opinion on the mine the opportunity to share that with us.
During the project’s planning phase, over 40 public update event and drop in sessions were held at the WCM Haig Office in Whitehaven, which gave people the opportunity to meet the team and ask any questions.
Feedback received at these events showed that there was an overwhelming positive response to our plans for Woodhouse Colliery, demonstrating that the majority of people in Whitehaven, an area with strong roots to the mining industry. and the surrounding area are in favour of the mine, recognising the potential for improvements in the local economy and employment prospects.
From the submission of the planning application in May 2017, until the planning approval in March 2019, Cumbria County Council received around 779 letters, 621 of which were in support of the project, with the majority of these being from the local area.
The overwhelming and continued support from the local and wider community is very much appreciated by the West Cumbria Mining team.
Throughout the planning process, we regularly updated our Statement of Community Involvement which includes feedback from the events, along with Newsletters and comments from the community.