RJB Minings application to mine
coal in North Warwickshire has been rejected by Warwickshire County Council.
Local protesters in the Dordon area where the company planned a huge open cast mine,
now face an anxious six months wait to see whether RJB will appeal to the Secretary of
The company planned to dig out 450,000 tons of coal from a 50 hectare site known as The
Orchard. The process would have lasted three years and at the end the plan was to restore
the site to agricultural use and woodland.
But after an extensive survey and investigation, planning officers at Warwickshire
County Council submitted a report to the Operations Sub-committee recommending the
rejection of the mining application.
Planning officer Neil Hall said:
"We took into account the dust levels, the nuisance which would be caused by
hundreds of lorry journeys to and from the site, the noise levels, the visual impact and
close proximity to residences. The Highways Authority also recommended rejection because
of the access on to the busy A5 road."
After reading the planning officers report, the Operations Sub-committee rejected
the application. RJB now have a six months deadline to reassess the situation and decide
whether to appeal to the secretary of state. If they do so there will be a public inquiry.
There was no one available to comment at the company.