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Opencast Mining: Planning Permission

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward proposals to reduce the size of buffer zones between proposed opencast mining planning developments and residential housing in England to the size they are in Scotland. (287011)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the then Under-Secretary of State my hon. Friend the Member for Hartlepool (Mr. Wright) on 3 February 2009, Official Report, column 1156W. There is no current intention to review existing planning policy on opencast mining and introduce buffer zones in England.