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Permission granted for Field House Surface Mine

Andrew Fraser-Urquhart QC

Following a three-week public inquiry, planning permission has been granted for the Field House surface coalmine in Co. Durham.  Andrew Fraser-Urquhart QC acted for the developer Hargreaves Surface Mining Ltd, one of the largest coal operators in the UK.  Despite recent government pronouncements concerning the phasing out of coal, the Inspector accepted Andrew’s arguments that there remains a significant need for indigenous coal and that the environmental impacts of the three-year scheme of extraction were acceptable.