Mine plan submitted

Early plans for Shortwood Farm were shown at public consultation in 2010.

Early plans for Shortwood Farm were shown at public consultation in 2010.

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PLANS to create a huge opencast mine in countryside near Ilkeston could be publicly available by the end of the week, UK Coal has said.

Nottinghamshire County Council said it had received an application last week for the mine on land known as Shortwood Farm, close to Trowell, Awsworth and Cossall.

Early blueprints shown to residents at public exhibitions in 2010 suggested the mine could cover 320 acres in land treasured as DH Lawrence land, because of its links to the Eastwood-born author’s works.

The mine could yield 1.275m tonnes of coal, be operational for more than five years and employ 60 people.

It was suggested at the time that access to and from the mine would run on to Nottingham Road, Trowell.

From there lorries would travel up the A6002 towards junction 26 of the M1.

Lifelong Trowell resident Danny Corns, 76, said the mine would be a ‘massive scar on the landscape’.

“It’s a shame to lose what we have got there,” he said.

“We have had enough of opencasting in this area.

“Trowell has got the M1, a rail line and now the threat of hundreds of houses – what next?”

Some residents took to our website to let us know their feelings about the mine.

‘Ghostofratty’ said: “Anyone believing that UK Coal will walk away from this site in five years is deluded.

“The company owns all the surrounding land and this is just a foot in the door.”

He added: “Imagine the traffic chaos when UK Coal tries to get its HGVs (150 to 200 per day) on to the main Ilkeston to Nottingham road on an almost blind bend and on a steep hill.”

A county council spokesman said the plan was invalid and will be sent back to UK Coal to make changes.

A spokesman for the Doncaster-based firm said he hopes the plan will be re-submitted this week.

Once the council agrees that the plan is valid it will be available to view at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk.