West Cumbria Mining (WCM) are delighted to report that the Planning Application for their Cumbrian Metallurgical Coal Project, called Woodhouse Colliery, was submitted to Cumbria County Council (CCC) on 31st May 2017.

The planning application documents, which include the Environmental Impact Assessment and extensive details of the project designs, were hand-delivered to the CCC offices in Kendal by Caroline Leatherdale, Head of Environment and Planning and Kevin Murphy, Head of Project Delivery.

The planning application has subsequently been validated by CCC and allocated the reference number 4/17/9007.

If you wish to express support for, or concerns about, the Project, these can be submitted to CCC by mail, email or online. It is important that these are submitted by the 10th July 2017 for opinions to be considered by CCC.  Details on how to do this can be found on our website http://www.westcumbriamining.com/local-news/wcm-planning-application-validated-open-comment/.  Formal notices have been hand-delivered to neighbours of the site whilst planning notices are being displayed in the Marchon and Pow Beck locations.

A full copy of the planning application is available to view on the CCC planning website, or at WCM’s Haig offices up until the 10th July 2017. A full copy of the planning documents can also be obtained on a memory stick or CD from the WCM Haig office for £5.

WCM will be hosting public update events on the 23rd, 24th and 25th June (10am-4pm) at their Haig offices, where full details of the planning application will be presented and the WCM team will be available to answer any questions you may have.

Helen Davies, Communications Manager, commented, “This is a significant milestone for the project and the local area.  We do hope that people will take up the opportunity to voice their support or concern to ensure that the Project progresses in a way which best suits the majority.  We are looking forward to our open days at the end of June and hearing people’s thoughts – they have previously been overwhelmingly positive and we hope that this support is translated into supporting our planning application.”

WCM will also be holding a Suppliers Open Day on the 12th July from 10am-4pm at the Haig offices, with an open invitation to representatives of local companies who may be interested in future construction and operational contract and supply opportunities to learn more about our procurement process and to meet the project team.

By Paul