A 20-year red light turns green

Attempts to mine coal at Halton Lea Gate in the north Pennines has seen repeated setbacks until now. David Bridgwood details how to build a case around consultation, environmental considerations and current planning priorities - and win

This farmhouse in the middle of the 30 hectare Halton Lea Gate site will be retained during development and it will eventually form the centre of the equestrian facility after restoration. Credit: Wardell Armstrong
This farmhouse in the middle of the 30 hectare Halton Lea Gate site will be retained during development and it will eventually form the centre of the equestrian facility after restoration. Credit: Wardell Armstrong

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