West Cumbria Mining have released a statement following an announcement by Cumbria County Council to reassess the planning application for the proposed Woodhouse Colliery in Whitehaven.
The plans are to be reassessed on the basis of the Committee on Climate Change report recommendations for the UK’s sixth carbon budget.
The planning application has been approved by CCC on three separate occasions, and the Secretary of State for MHCLG has twice rejected requests for the project to be ‘called in’ (the latest on the 6 January 2021).
Mark Kirkbride, WCM CEO commented:
"WCM and its advisers are clear that the Committee on Climate Change report and sixth carbon budget are not factors which would have led the committee to reach a different decision.
"The construction of every wind turbine depends upon the availability of high-quality steel, which in turn requires large quantities of metallurgical coal for its manufacture. This status quo will not change within foreseeable timelines. The Committee on Climate Change Report contemplates the construction of vast numbers of wind turbines, which will require steel from UK and European steelmakers. Metallurgical coal for these producers is currently imported over long distances from the USA, Australia and Russia. We have a real opportunity to reduce the dependence on overseas imports and the offshoring of emissions, as the country works towards its net carbon zero goals, at the same time as generating many hundreds of skilled and well-paid new jobs for Cumbria, together with significant tax revenues and overseas earnings for UK plc.
"We look forward to CCC reconfirming approval of our planning application once more which will provide a clear path for my team to deliver the project."