Controversial mine near Trowell is approved
Controversial plans for an open cast mine “in the heart of DH Lawrence country” have been signed off.
The proposals to mine at Shortwood Farm between Cossall and Trowell have been on the cards since 1990 and a long-running battle between developers and campaigners has been running since.
They were brought back to the table in 2012 when UK Coal submitted a planning application to Nottinghamshire County Council.
And the final planning consent was signed off on Thursday – meaning there are no longer any obstacles to the 1.275 tonnes of coal being taken out the ground.
Campaigners have reacted angrily to the agreement, saying the mine will cause “irreparable” damage.
Jean Smith, of Nottingham Road, Trowell, said: “It’s been going on for most of the three decades I have lived here. I can’t believe it is finally happening.
“This is the heart of DH Lawrence country. Everyone here doesn’t want to see this happen.”
The plans will see 56 jobs created at the mine with the coal used at the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station.
But people have expressed concern as lorries will be carrying coal from the mine through villages round the Nuthall Island to access the M1. Campaigners lobbied Government as they wanted to see lorries access the motorway via Trowell services.
John Doddy, GP for the area and councillor for Chilwell and Toton, said he was concerned about the health implications of the mine.
“With the new mine, I expect there to be an increase in illness among children,” he said.
“There have been increases in the numbers of consultations with young children in areas where open cast mining takes place.”
Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry said: “It’s a pity that Nottinghamshire County Council have given final agreement to the opencast mine without sorting out problems with the route first.
“At its peak, there will be 68 HGVs leaving and exiting the site every day and this will cause real disruption to already heavily congested local roads.”
Sally Gill, Head of planning at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “The preparation, determination and completion of the Shortwood surface mine application has been an extremely complex and challenging process.
“As well as the economic benefits of the scheme, it is pleasing that we have been able to reach agreement with UK Coal to provide funding for a number of initiatives which will directly benefit local people.”