Crunch time for Midlothian opencast plans

A view of Cauldhall Moor.

A view of Cauldhall Moor.

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Midlothian councillors will consider the controversial Cauldhall Moor open cast planning application when they meet tomorrow (Tuesday, November 18).

Hargreaves Services Limited is seeking consent to extract 10 million tonnes of coal over a 10-year period.

The firm is looking at surface mine farmland between Rosewell and Howgate.

Opponents state the plans are contrary to council policy and should be refused.

The company, which argued its case at a pre-determination hearing last week, says the development will boost the local economy with 230 full-time mining jobs and nearly 400 additional jobs.

Malcolm Spaven from the Stop Cauldhall Moor Opencast Group, said he believed opponents gave a “pretty good account” of themselves at the hearing.

The group is opposed to the plans on three grounds, including that it is contrary to the council’s Local Plan.

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