Local communities and the Coal Action Network have been successful in fighting planning applications together. Below are some of the victories.

Hesley Wood Tip

Although the trees were felled on this site after Sheffield Council gave planning permission in 2013, the mining company, RecyCoal announced in September 2015 that the site would not be worked because of the low international coal price

Nant Llesgvictory

This application by Miller Argent to mine 6 million tonnes of coal on the other side of the road from the enormous Ffos-y-Fran opencast was rejected by Caerphilly council in August 2015.

Great Oak

In February 2015 UK Coal Surface Mines application to opencast mine over a site where 78 men and boys died in a deep mine in 1895 was withdrawn, following a very strong campaign by local groups.

Hoodsclose and three associated sites

This application and by inference three expected nearby applications to mine in Northumberland were withdrawn in June 2014. Local residents fought the application since 2010 and were rewarded for all of their hard work.


This application to mine in Torfaen, South Wales was rejected in November 2013. Although this was a significant victory a fresh application was lodged in December 2014.

Marley Hill

In July 2014 this application which straddles Gateshead and County Durham was rejected by Durham Council.