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NEW PLANNING GUIDANCE FOR COAL ANNOUNCED

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New planning guidance for coal mining has been announced by environment minister David Curry. ...
New planning guidance for coal mining has been announced by environment minister David Curry.

The guidance is intended to give mineral planning authorities a framework to help them strike a balance between the economic importance of coal and the protection of the environment.

Mr Curry said: 'The guidance replaces the guidance in MPG3, published in 1988, and the interim planning guidance announced by the secretary of state on 25 March 1993.

'The best way of striking the balance between the economic importance of this indigenous energy resource and the protection of the environment is through the careful consideration of individual applications within the framework of the development plan led system.

Mr Curry added: 'The guidance provides a stronger environmental framework than the existing guidance published in 1988'.

And he said he was 'confident that it will enable the industry to develop the mineral resource in a way that has proper regard to local concerns and is fully compatible with economic growth, the protection of the environment and the principles of sustainable development.'

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