Climate crisis campaigners have praised ministers for “walking the walk” on green issues ahead of this year’s COP26 conference after the UK Government announced plans to intervene in the coal mine controversy in Cumbria.
The ongoing row between Cumbria County Council and green activists over the UK’s first deep coal mine in 30 years at Woodhouse Colliery near Whitehaven means the plans are to be reconsidered for a fourth time.
The dispute is threatening to become a blemish on Westminster’s green plans ahead of the United Nations climate change conference due to be held in Glasgow in November.
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In a letter to Cumbria City Council from an unnamed civil servant on behalf of Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick, the government announced plans to “call in” the planning application via a public inquiry.
The letter read: “The Government places a strong emphasis on localism and decentralisation, and the general approach of the Secretary of State is, therefore, not to interfere with the decision-making process of democratically elected local councils on planning matters.”