Controversial plans for a sprawling opencast mine have been refused to the delight of almost 400 objectors.
UK Coal Surface Mines Ltd, wants to mine 1.16m tonnes of coal and up to 100,000 tonnes of fireclay, on land between Crofton, Heath, Warmfield and New Sharlston.
But the application was refused by Wakefield Council’s planning committee last Thursday, at a County Hall meeting, which lasted more than four hours.
Only two of the eight committee members voted in favour of the mine, which supporters of the scheme said would bring 70 ‘much-needed’ jobs to the area for people who are ‘desperate to work.’
The rest voted against it on health, economic and environmental grounds. It had been recommended for approval by Wakefield Council’s planning officers.
The plans had been recommended for approval by Wakefield Council’s planning officers. See Friday’s Express for full story.