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Planning Application Update – May 2020

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13 May, 2020
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West Cumbria Mining (WCM) submitted a planning application in May 2017 for the development of a new metallurgical coal mine and associated infrastructure including rail loading facility near Whitehaven. The application was determined at Committee on 19th March 2019, with the decision ratified by Committee on 31st October 2019.

Since then, WCM has undertaken a review of the coal processing plant design with the objective of minimising or eliminating the by-product or middlings coal material. This work has resulted in a modified process with a minor adjustment to the internal design of the processing plant equipment. This will enable all of the coal recovered from the Run of Mine (ROM) material to meet the classification requirements for our target product, metallurgical coal.

Therefore, all of the processed coal transported from the site (i.e. 2,780,000tpa at full production) will be premium metallurgical coal for use in steel making. There is no change to the proposed annual quantity of coal produced from the mine, which remains consistent with the original application.

As a result, a number of updates (see the Covering Letter document via download link below) have been made to the Environmental Statement to take into account the changes proposed to the internal elements of the coal processing plant. These changes mean that the proposed development will need to return to the planning committee for consideration.

The full documentation, which has now been submitted to Cumbria County Council (CCC), is also available to view on our website www.westcumbriamining.com as well as via the CCC Development Control Planning Portal. Whilst it would be normal practice to have printed copies of planning documents available for viewing in public buildings (such as the library and Copeland Council offices) during the consultation period, the current social distancing and Governmental advice regarding Covid-19 means that these buildings remain closed at this time.

WCM does have a full printed copy of the documents at its Haig office in Whitehaven and these will be available to view from 10am – 4pm, Monday – Friday, with effect from 13th May, in line with the public consultation process which closes on 15th June. We would ask anyone wishing to physically view these documents to observe the social distancing rules and advise that we will only be allowing one viewing at a time.

If you have any questions regarding the viewing process, a specific helpline number has been set-up on 07776732536. If possible, please view the documentation online in the first instance. Any enquiries can also be sent to news@westcumbriamining.com

WCM will not be able to answer specific questions regarding aspects of the planning documents on the viewing days but will be providing an opportunity to leave questions/feedback. We shall endeavour to have a relevant member of the team respond within 48 hours.

If you wish to send your support for the project, please see the information below on how to do this.

Planning Application Reference No. 4/17/9007

online: planning.cumbria.gov.uk

by email: developmentcontrol@cumbria.gov.uk

by letter: Development Control, Cumbria County Council, County Offices, Kendal, LA9 4RQ

Please remember to include your full name and postcode with your correspondence.

To read the documents, please click the links below:

Covering Letter

Part 1. Application for Process Change

Part 2. Chapter 19 – Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Part 3. Drawing Register

Part 3. Updated Drawings

Part 4. Planning Statement

Part 5. Phase 1 Habitat Survey

Part 6. Updates to Design and Access Statement

Part 7. Non-Technical Summary

Part 8. Statement of Response to Green Alliance Report

Coal for Steel

Coal for Steel

Providing a responsibly mined, high quality, critical raw material to the UK and European steel industry

WCM Sustainability Fund

WCM Sustainability Fund

Our commitment to carbon offsetting is a core part of our Corporate Social Responsibility policy forming a key element of our Sustainability Fund.

Find out more