MP at meeting on mining plans

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Controversial plans for a surface mine between Trowell and Cossall were the subject of a meeting involving Nottinghamshire County Council and MP Anna Soubry.

It followed a decision by the Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, not to ‘call in’ the UK Coal plan at Shortwood Farm.

Cllr John Wilkinson, the chairman of the council’s planning committee also spoke with local councillors at the get-together.

A restoration bond — a sum of money put to one side by the developer to restore the site on completion of the work — was discussed. It was confirmed that work to finalise legal agreements for this and a number of other requirements, such as the creation of a community fund to support local projects, bridleway repairs, road junction improvements and a structural survey of the Bennerley Viaduct were progressing.

All these works are to be funded by UK Coal as part of the agreement.

Areas of public concern were also debated.

Cllr Wilkinson went on to reassure those at the meeting that the committee had no material planning reasons to refuse the planning permission - a decision confirmed by the Minister’s ruling.

that the application should not be called in. said: “One of the main areas of public concern during the consultation period was the dust that the development might generate. However, any planning permission issued would include a number of measures to mitigate against this.”

The development will create 56 jobs, provide opportunities for local suppliers and generate power for local homes.