The first new deep coal mine in the U.K. for decades has moved a step closer after councilors unanimously backed the plans. The West Cumbria Mining Co. wants to mine next to the site of the former colliery in Whitehaven that shut down three decades ago. The Woodhouse Colliery could create 500 jobs.
West Cumbria Mining wants to extract coking coal from the seabed off St. Bees, with a processing plant on the former Marchon site at Kells. The last deep mine in the UK, Kellingley Colliery in North Yorkshire, shut down in 2016.