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Coal tip plans meeting called

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to extract coal from an old spoil tip will be decided at a special meeting of Sheffield Council’s planning board.

The meeting of the West and North Planning and Highways Committee will be held on Tuesday, January 8, at 2pm in the Town Hall.

Councillors will discuss the application by RecyCoal for permission to recovery coal from the old Hesley Wood Tip, Smithy Wood Road, Chapeltown, followed by restoration of the land.

More than 5,000 people have signed a petition against the plans.

RecyCoal wants to process 3.3 million cubic metres of material over three years, and aims to recover 395,000 tonnes of coal.

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for environment, said: “This is an emotive issue and lots of people have a view.

“The planning board will take into account local opinions.”

 

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