Whitehaven coalmine legal challenge briefing

  Published:  27 Apr 2023
West Cumbria Mining Ltd want to build a new coalmine just south of Whitehaven. The Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Rt Hon Michael Gove MP (the "SoS") granted planning permission for this mine on 7 December 2022.

Friends of the Earth and South Lakes Action on Climate Change have both filed cases against the SoS to challenge this decision, as we believe it was unlawful as the SoS did not properly consider the climate impacts of this mine.

Download and unzip this file for Friends of the Earth’s briefing on our legal challenge, as well as the closing submissions in the September 2021 planning inquiry made by us, South Lakes Action on Climate Change and West Cumbria Mining Ltd.