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Coal mine wins planning appeal

An appeal against planning refusal for a mine that will produce 400,000 tonnes of coal over two-and-a-half years has been won by Doncaster-based ATH Resources.

The regeneration scheme at Langton in Nottinghamshire, originally refused by Derbyshire County Council, is now set to start extraction in the second half of next year.

Chief executive Tom Allchurch said: “The development will clean up and regenerate an area despoiled by former mine activity, and will create valuable local employment.

“This is an extremely positive step for the group as we can now return our Regeneration division to production.”

The operation is expected to produce approximately 175,000 tonnes per year and create 35 jobs. Restoration of the site will take a further six months.

ATH operates open-cast coal mines and land remediation projects. It is the third largest producer in the UK, providing coal principally to the power-generation, industrial and house-coal markets.

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