Campaign to Protect Pont Valley and other local people are delighted that Banks plans to further exploit the Pont Valley were dashed. On the 1st July Durham County Council planning committee voted to reject Banks Group’s controversial proposal for ‘West Bradley’ an extension to the current ‘Bradley’ opencast coal site between Dipton and Leadgate which […]

Update: Coal planning hearings
25th June 2020

We’ve had some good news and some news News The extension proposed by Banks Group to the existing mine in the Pont Valley will be heard by the first remote planning hearing by Durham County Council on Wednesday 1st July at 9.30am. It is the second item on the agenda of the council, you can […]

James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government, has failed to deliver with a decision regarding the future of two places in the North East of England affected by Banks Groups opencast coal extractions. A decision was promised to the community trying to stop an opencast at Druridge Bay (Highthorn) on the […]

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Plans to extend opencast mine in Pont Valley
28th February 2019

Banks Group announced on Monday that they wish to extend the planning application at the Bradley opencast site, in County Durham. This announcement came on the same day that James Brokenshire was due to announce whether he would revoke the planning permission for this opencast mine. Local resident Liam Carr “We always feared this day […]

Campaigners say it is an opportunity to consign opencast coal extraction ‘to the history books’ Cross posted from Ecologist Magazine. By Isobel Tarr, Coal Action Network. The decision to allow the Bradley opencast coal site in Pont Valley, County Durham, which began operating in 2018, is to be reconsidered by James Brokenshire, the communities secretary. […]

Campaign to Protect Pont Valley has launched a private prosecution against Banks Group for destroying the breeding and resting places of protected Great Crested Newts at Brooms Pond, on the Bradley opencast near Dipton. Update: The first hearing is to be 12th December at Peterlee Magistrates Court. Great Crested Newts are a European Protected Species […]

Can you help the Campaign to Protect Pont Valley? We are asking that you email James Brokenshire, the Secretary of State for Communities, Housing and Local Government and ask him to stop the Bradley opencast. A template letter is below. The email address is james.brokenshire@communities.gsi.gov.uk please copy in jake.berry@communities.gsi.gov.uk, or you can write to Ministry […]

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