In positive news for residents of northeast England and environmentalists alike, the government has rejected a controversial planning application for an open cast coal mine close to a picturesque beach on the Northumberland coast. It is the second time it has been rejected.
The Banks Mining’s application for a site near Druridge Bay was turned down by a minister on behalf of communities secretary Robert Jenrick as it was “not environmentally acceptable”.
Local resident Lynne Tate, of the group Save Druridge, said: “We are absolutely ecstatic,” while Friends of the Earth said it was the right decision “with the world staring at catastrophic climate change”.
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