At the Regulatory Planning Committee meeting on the 17th March 2017 members voted unanimously to accept the Planning Officers report and it’s recommendation to refuse Planning permission for the opencast coal mine at Hilltop, Derbyshire. There was also a vote on the Head of Planning’s recommendation for a full public inquiry for the appeal to […]


An update from the Hilltop Action Group, who are fighting Provectus’ application to mine in Derbyshire very close to people’s homes. The April DCC Planning Committee Meeting has now passed and the Hilltop application was not dealt with. As the application should be dealt with within 16 weeks, the next meeting on Monday 9 May 2016 seems the […]

Update on the Hilltop Application
January 27, 2016

You may have thought that, because everything had gone very quiet in the last few months, nothing more was going to be heard of Provectus and their opencast mining plans. I’m afraid you were wrong, Provectus Remediation Ltd have at last got around to submitting their revised application. Back in September it was announced that […]

Another incompetent coal company
September 8, 2015

Planning application withdrawn… …but to be resubmitted straight away! Communities near Clay Cross in Derbyshire were expecting the planning hearing to decide on an opencast application incredibly close to hundreds of houses to be heard in the next couple of months. However, the coal company Provectus, have shown themselves to be incompetent. For background info […]


Supporters of Hilltop Action Group today (29/7/15) met at Derbyshire County Council Offices in Matlock to present a petition to the Council. Norman Humprhys organised a team of volunteers at the end of 2014 to canvass all the houses within 1km of the proposed Hilltop Opencast site. They did a sterling job in often terrible […]

Objection Letters Needed
February 3, 2015

Hilltop Action Group are asking for Objection letters to the Application by Provectus. Provectus plan to excavate the area to a depth of 100ft over a 3-4 year period in order to extract around 200,000 tonnes of coal. They hope to sell it to Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station. We think it would keep the power station […]