A Department of the Environment inspector last night ruled that plans for an opencast coal mine could go ahead on a...
A Department of the Environment inspector last night ruled that plans for an opencast coal mine could go ahead on a greenfield sire at Garforth despite having been thrown out by Leeds City Council and opposed by thousands of local people, the Yorkshire Post reports (p1).
The paper says new government guidelines known as MPG3 and intended to control opencast mining state that schemes must be 'environmentally acceptable'. A second application for an opencast mine on a sire in east Garforth is expected to be submitted to Leeds City Council before the end of the week.
Campaigners fearing that the inspector's decision could open the floodgates for opencast mines across Yorkshire pledged to mount a High Court challenge to the inspector's ruling, taking the case to the European Court in Strasbourg if necessary, the paper reports.