The developer behind controversial plans to build the UK’s first new coal mine in 30 years has announced it is to pursue legal action over Cumbria County Council’s “extremely regrettable” move to reconsider planning permission for the project over climate change concerns. West Cumbria Mining initially secured planning permission for the mine in October, after which the government opted against calling in the planning decision in January, despite widespread concerns over the impact of the mine on the UK’s climate targets and international reputation ahead of COP26. But last month the Council announced it is now reconsidering its initial decision to grant planning approval for the project “in light of new information”, citing greenhouse gas emissions projections published by the UK’s Climate Change Committee in December. However, in the latest twist in the long-running saga, West Cumbria Mining (WCM) issued a statement late last week confirming it has appointed lawyers to launch a legal challenge over the Council’s handling of its planning application.
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