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North East England Faces Threat of Yet Another New Opencast Coal Mine

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North East England is facing the threat of another opencast coal mine, which could extract up to 800,000 tonnes of coal from beneath agricultural land on the border between Newcastle and Northumberland.

Banks Group, a developer based in Durham, plans to submit a planning application for Dewley Hill mine in the coming weeks. The same company is behind the plans for two other coal mines in the North East: the Highthorn mine alongside Druridge Bay and the recently commenced Bradley mine in Dipton, south west of Newcastle.

While Banks submitted a preliminary planning notice to Newcastle Council in 2016, anti-coal campaigners say that the company’s decision to submit a full application came sooner than they had anticipated.

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