County council to reconsider Cumbria coalmine application

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Planning proposal for project near Whitehaven faces widespread opposition from environmentalists

Cumbria county council has said it will reconsider the planning application for a new coalmine near Whitehaven, which has prompted widespread criticism.

Government ministers in January declined to intervene in the go-ahead for the mine on the basis it was a local decision, but environmental campaigners have warned it undermines UK efforts to tackle climate change.

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