Open Cast Coal Refused by Leeds City CouncilTagged as: environmentalism
Neighbourhoods: ledsham ledston leeds
Published by group: IMC Northern England
A proposed open cast coal mine has been refused planning permission by Leeds City Council.
The application for “Extraction of coal and other materials and alterations to landform with restoration to agriculture, woodland and nature conservation at Newton Lane, Back Newton lane and Claypit Lane at Ledston and Ledsham” from Banks Developments was turned down by the local authority after “careful consideration”. Pleased environmental campaigners received letters in the post this week notifying them of the decision.
The reasons for the refusal were published by Leeds City Council on 27th August (see attached PDF) and are as follows:
- It's not suitable to be happening in the Leeds Green Belt
- It would seriously harm the Special Landscape Area
- There would be too much traffic
Yorkshire Against New Coal (YANC) and Residents Against Greenbelt Exploitation (RAGE) campaigned heavily on the issue, along with other local residents (including Yorkshire ramblers) who were concerned about the degradation of the area which is in green belt land and is currently attractive countryside as well as the dangers of the new mine and the environmental damage of using coal as a power source.