Government says ‘error in legislation’ on coalmine determination | EUROtoday

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The authorities will not defend a choice, made by the earlier authorities, to permit a controversial new coalmine in Cumbria.

The new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Angela Rayner, has accepted there was an “error of law” within the determination to grant planning permission for the mine in December 2022.

Consequently, the federal government won’t now be defending two authorized challenges subsequent week (16-18 July) towards the mine – by Friends of the Earth and South Lakes Action on Climate Change (SLACC).

It has as a substitute knowledgeable the court docket that the choice to grant planning permission needs to be quashed.

According to Friends of the Earth, if that’s agreed by the court docket, the planning software will return to the Secretary of State to make a contemporary determination.

The determination throws into doubt whether or not the coalmine will finally get the go-ahead.

The then Secretary of State Michael Gove gave permission for the mine close to Whitehaven, Cumbria, in December 2022. It was the primary new coal mine to be authorised in 30 years. Supporters welcomed promised jobs however critics argued it could undermine local weather change targets

In 2022 Labour’s Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, Ed Miliband, stated a Labour authorities would depart “no stone unturned” in searching for to forestall the opening of the coalmine in Whitehaven.

Friends of the Earth local weather co-ordinator Jamie Peters stated: “We’re delighted the government agrees that planning permission for this destructive, polluting and unnecessary coal mine was unlawfully granted and that it should be quashed.

“We hope the court agrees, and that the mine is then rejected when the secretary of state reconsiders the application.

“The new government must now ensure that areas like West Cumbria get the jobs and investment they urgently need so that people living there can reap the benefits of building a clean, green and affordable future.”

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government declined to remark because of ongoing litigation.