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WCM PROJECT UPDATE: AUGUST 2021

West Cumbria Mining (WCM) looks forward to explaining its plans for the world’s first ‘net-zero’ underground coal mine at the forthcoming public inquiry, which is scheduled to commence on 7th September 2021 and to last for four weeks.

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

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We anticipate that site investigation works will commence in Spring 2020, with coal production commencing around 18-months from the start of construction.

The Planning Process

Stage One
Screening: Completed
Stage Two
Scoping: Completed
Stage Three
Preparing the Environmental Statement: Completed
Stage Four
Planning Application Submission: Submitted 31st May 2017
Stage Five
Planning Permission Granted: 19th March 2019 (unanimous)
Planning Decision ratified: 31st October 2019 (unanimous)
Stage Six
Section 106 Sign Off – currently in process
Stage Seven
Final Formal Planning Award

What does the immediate future hold?

Following the positive planning outcome, over the coming months, our priorities will include:

  • continuing to work with CCC to discharge planning conditions, which will enable the project to progress to the pre-construction and construction phases
  • planning for our next series of update events.
  • Issuing of regular newsletters to keep all interested parties – local people, community groups, council members, press etc – informed of progress
  • developing and finalising our recruitment needs with a plan to launch our recruitment campaign during 2020
  • developing and finalising our supply chain needs, with the launch of our pre-qualification process
  • launch of new ‘register for employment’ programme for those interested in working at Woodhouse Colliery
  • ongoing engagement with UK and European steel making customers
  • development of the WCM Sustainability fund

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Latest News & Events

WCM PROJECT UPDATE: AUGUST 2021

West Cumbria Mining (WCM) looks forward to explaining its plans for the world’s first ‘net-zero’ underground coal mine at the forthcoming public inquiry, which is scheduled to commence on 7th September 2021 and to last for four weeks.