SLR helps secure planning green light for new surface mine
SLR Consulting has assisted UK Coal Surface Mines in securing planning permission to extract over a million tonnes of coal at a new surface mine in Nottinghamshire.
The scheme, at Shortwood Farm near Trowel, will see around 1.275M tonnes of coal along with 250,000 tonnes of fireclay extracted over approximately five years and includes restoration to agriculture, woodland, nature conservation and public amenity.
SLR undertook the preparation of the planning application and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and worked closely with UK Coal throughout the process to secure no technical objections to the application, despite there being considerable opposition locally to the scheme.
The development would cover an area of approximately 130 hectares with mining taking place over 56 hectares and lies within the green belt adjacent to the M1 at Trowell.
The scheme will provide an important source of fuel to the local energy market whilst operational; and upon restoration will recreate large areas of new woodland, wildflower meadows and encourage species such as barn owls in the area.
The scheme received the green light following a review by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.
SLR’s project manager Stewart Lenton said: “Despite considerable local opposition to this complex scheme, we were able to successfully address every technical issue raised enabling a positive recommendation which was supported by members”
SLR is continuing to provide support to the project including highways work.
Anton Fix, Area Planning Manager for UK Coal, said: “SLR’s professionalism and thorough approach helped to ensure our Shortwood scheme was approved at the earliest opportunity. We are delighted with the result and applaud SLR’s attention to detail.”