The Secretary of State will NOT be calling-in Cumbria County Council’s decision to approve the West Cumbria Mining application for Whitehaven. The Government agree that this is a decision best taken locally.
Reacting to the news, Copeland Mayor Mike Starkie said:
"The case has now been referred back to Cumbria County Council to complete the legal requirements on the decision their Planning Panel took in October, and I look forward to this process being completed as quickly as possible so this key project can finally get under way.
"This is a significant employment and new skills opportunity for Copeland and West Cumbria at this extremely challenging time, and will play a significant role in our economic recovery. It will supply the domestic and European steel industry with high quality metallurgical coal, thereby representing an important new export-led industrial project.
"This project has had my support since day one, as well as that of Copeland Council, our community and businesses, and it is extremely welcome news that it has taken this significant step forward today."