Varteg Hill, Torfaen
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Legal threat as Varteg Hill opencast mine appeal rejected

Plans for a new opencast mine near Blaenavon in Torfaen have been rejected by the Welsh government, prompting the company involved to consider legal action.

An appeal against the council's decision to refuse permission for the mine near houses and a school at Varteg Hill has been turned down.

It would have breached guidelines which say opencast mining should take place at least 500m from homes.

Developer Glamorgan Power said the decision was "unbelievable" and warned it may take legal action.

Natasha Llewellyn reports.

  • 25 Nov 2013
  • From the section Wales
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