HC Deb 07 May 1962 vol 659 cc17-8W
Mr. Mason

asked the Minister of Power if he will list the eight opencast coal sites he has recently authorised.

Mr. Wood

Since last November, I have authorised the following nine sites:

  • Poplars Extension West, Staffordshire.
  • Newman Spinney, Derbyshire.
  • Gurnos, Glamorganshire.
  • Tyn-y-Cwm, Carmarthenshire.
  • Gwendraeth, Carmarthenshire.
  • Lambert's Colliery, Carmarthenshire.
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  • Ddolgam, Carmarthenshire.
  • Pant Mawr, Brecknockshire.
  • Cromford Canal Extension, Nottinghamshire.

Mr. Mason

asked the Minister of Power what objections he received against the authorisation of the recent fresh opencast coalmining sites; and to what extent he took into account opposition from private citizens, farmers, local authorities and those taking pride in amenity surroundings.

Mr. Wood

For the nine sites I have authorised since last November, I received five objections, four of which were subsequently withdrawn. The only objection not withdrawn related to the risk of damage to property from blasting operations, and I included appropriate provisions in the deemed planning conditions attached to my authorisation in order to minimise this danger.

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