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Woodhouse Colliery Planning Application Press Statement

Today, 19th March 2019, Cumbria County Council (CCC) has formally granted planning approval to West Cumbria Mining (WCM) to develop its Metallurgical Coal Project, which will be known as Woodhouse Colliery – a new underground mine, located on a brownfield site, to the south west of Whitehaven in West Cumbria.

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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.

Since the planning application was submitted to Cumbria County Council in May 2017, the council have received 779 letters of which 621 are 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.

We’d love to hear from you

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

You can also email us to say you’d like to sign up to receive our newsletter which will give you the updates straight to your inbox.

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We won’t share your data with anyone else – see our privacy policy for more details.

Latest News & Events

Woodhouse Colliery Planning Application Press Statement

Today, 19th March 2019, Cumbria County Council (CCC) has formally granted planning approval to West Cumbria Mining (WCM) to develop its Metallurgical Coal Project, which will be known as Woodhouse Colliery – a new underground mine, located on a brownfield site, to the south west of Whitehaven in West Cumbria.