This application is Poniel / Happendon Mixed Use Development application from the Scottish Resources Group (Scottish Coal). It is supposedly for “Mixed use development comprising industrial and storage and distribution warehousing, business units/office accommodation, hotel with conference and commercial leisure facilities, retail/restaurant floorspace, landscaping, open space and associated infrastructure (planning permission in principle)”, but in reality is one big excuse for two more open cast coal mines.
Scottish Coal are using this development, on its own environmentally destructive disastrous for local economies and on land that is supposed to be restored from mining, to get permission to open cast areas C and D of the application, or land next to Poniel and Happendon Wood respectively. Once they get planning in principle for the development, they will then seek permission to open cast these areas.
What’s the evidence that they want to open cast?
Upon further investigation, it turns out that “shallow coal” is anything 30m or DEEPER, meaning that if they find coal, they can keep digging.
2. In a recent meeting with Karen Gillon MSP and local residents about the development, Karen confirmed they’re going to open cast it first.
3. The South Lanarkshire minerals plan highlights areas C and D as areas with recoverable coal deposits that can be excavated during the current plan.
4. Scottish Coal wouldn’t be allowed to build on the land without open casting it first, other wise this would be “steralising the nations resources” and therefore illegal.
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