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Public Inquiry Final Day

Day 6 of the Public inquiry into the Hilltop Opencast Mining Application by Provectus Remediation Ltd has just finished.

The Public Inquiry is the result of an appeal by the applicant to HM Planning Inspectorate on the grounds of non-determination. The inquiry is being held at the Donut Creative Arts Studio, Springbank Road, Chesterfield, S40 1NL

Tomorrow morning, cross examination of Richard Hunt, Planning Consultant for Provectus Remediation Ltd by Richard Kimblin QC for DCC will be completed.

Final summing up by the barristers for Provectus Remediation Ltd, St Modwen (opposing the appeal) and Derbyshire County Council (opposing the appeal) will take place tomorrow afternoon.

We do not expect the Inspector’s decision to be delivered until some time after the end of the Public Inquiry – likely to be a number of months!

This outcome of this Inquiry will have important consequences for local communities and the Clay Cross Regeneration Scheme.

Don’t forget…
Venue for the Public Inquiry:
Donut Creative Arts Studio
Springbank Road, Chesterfield, S40 1NL


Please make every effort to come along and ensure a good turn out  to hear the final summing up

May Planning Meeting Cancelled

A notice has appeared on the Derbyshire County Council Planning website this morning saying that the 9 May 2016 Planning Meeting is CANCELLED.

We are going to have to wait for at least another month before a decision is made on the Hilltop Opencast application.


We have just submitted our fourth objection.

The noise from a fleet of heavy plant working twelve hours a day within 50m of some houses and always within 500m of a residential property will be intrusive and definitely unwanted.

  • The Hilltop Action Group objection covers the following topics:
  • Interpretation of National Planning Policy Framework Guidance
  • Choice and suitability of Noise Sensitive Properties
  • Relevance of planning decisions offered as precedents
  • Northern haul road at entrance to processing area
  • Effect of noise on neighbouring communities
  • Effect of weather on noise propagation

This planning application by Provectus Remediation Ltd clearly breaches the guidelines as the anticipated noise levels are environmentally unacceptable. Furthermore, no national, local or community benefits have been demonstrated which would clearly outweigh the likely impacts.

On the grounds of unacceptable noise levels alone this application does not justify the grant of planning permission.

You can read the full details of the objection here or by selecting it in the Objections menu.

Don’t forget to use the Have your say page to leave your comments

Hustings meeting

We are still waiting for Provectus to make up their mind about submitting a planning application for the Hilltop Opencast scheme.

We understand that they have had discussions with the Derbyshire planning officers over the last few months and still have a large number of issues to resolve. It looks like it will be some months before they make a decision about submitting an application – so much for their original intention of putting in an application last autumn.

With County Council Elections coming up on 2 May 2013 we have organised a Hustings Meeting to give the two candidates for Clay Cross North Division an opportunity to give us their views on the Hilltop Opencast proposals.

Friday 26 April 2013

7pm for 7.30pm start

Holmgate Community Centre

A good turn out at this meeting will remind Provectus that we are still here and ready to mount a strong opposition to any planning application they may submit.