The first new deep coal mine within the UK for many years has moved a step closer after councillors unanimously backed the plans.
The West Cumbria Mining Company needs to mine subsequent to the location of the previous colliery in Whitehaven that shut three many years in the past.
The Woodhouse Colliery may create 500 jobs, however objectors have stated mining will contribute to world warming.
Some objectors staged a sit in on the ground of the council chamber.
The Haig Pit in Whitehaven was shut in 1986 after 70 years with the lack of 3,500 jobs.
West Cumbria Mining needs to extract coking coal from the seabed off St Bees, with a processing plant on the previous Marchon web site at Kells.
The final deep mine within the UK, Kellingley Colliery in North Yorkshire, shut in 2016.
A gathering of Cumbria County Council’s planning committee heard from a number of local weather change specialists and environmental activists who urged members to reject the proposals.
Speakers additionally warned the council they may anticipate a authorized problem to the scheme.
Dr Henry Adams, of South Lakes Action on Climate Change, stated the scheme would “totally undermine” Cumbria’s probabilities of hitting emission targets.
But different audio system together with, the Mayor of Copeland Mike Starkie and councillor Chris Whiteside, spoke of the “desperate” want for jobs, notably in disadvantaged wards near the proposed new mine.
Finishing his speech to a refrain of boos, Mr Starkie stated: “I do not agree at all with the sensationalised views of the opposition groups who seem to be intent on trying to stop future opportunities for the people of West Cumbria.”
Mark Kirkbride, chief government of West Cumbria Mining, informed the Local Democracy Reporting Service, that the mine could be a “good neighbour” and was dedicated to creating jobs.
He stated that the demand for metal, for which the coking coal is required, was anticipated to develop “significantly” over the subsequent 50 years.
The mining agency believes there may very well be as much as 750m tonnes of coal out there in a 75 sq mile space across the colliery.