Heaton Planning appeared at a major Public Inquiry and undertook case management and presented planning evidence on behalf of Energybuild Ltd (a subsidiary of Walter Energy Inc) in order to defend Neath Port Talbot (NPT) County Borough Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for the construction of wind turbines. The turbines would have been subject to mining subsidence due to the underground mining operations of Aberpergwm Colliery and the regime of subsidence compensation was likely to result in significant sterilisation of coal reserves.
Heaton Planning Director, Simon Heaton prepared two Statements of Evidence and presented evidence at the Public Inquiry. Heaton Planning worked for two years on the client’s case and ensured that the case at the Inquiry was persuasive, evidence based, and professional. The Inspector sided with Energybuild Ltd and NPT County Borough Council. This is a major success for Energybuild Ltd and dismissal of the appeal ensures that 14 million tonnes of coal can be accessed and coal recovery maximised.