The first deep coal mine to be dug in the UK in 30 years should go ahead, a council has said, but only if the £165 million facility closes by 2049. Cumbria county council has recommended permission be granted for the proposed new Woodhouse Colliery in Whitehaven. The site was first granted planning permission last year but was subject to a judicial review brought by campaigners who argued that it was incompatible with the UK’s environmental aims. The company behind the plan, West Cumbria Mining, was forced to resubmit plans. The council has now said it supports the colliery on the basis that it ceases operations by 2049, just one year ahead of the deadline for the country to become carbon neutral. It had originally planned to run for as long as 70 years. But critics said yesterday that the new plans ignored the need for emissions to be steadily reduced, and were not economically viable.
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