Coal mine plan: Plans are indefensible – and Johnson knows it

IN A surprising volte face, controversial plans to open Britain’s first deep coal mine in three decades are to be reconsidered by Cumbria County Council. The plans had originally been approved by the council in October and the UK Government’s communities minister, Robert Jenrick, caused consternation when he refused to call in the proposal for scrutiny, leaving the final decision to the local authority.