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Planning (Opencast Mining Separation Zones) Bill 2010-12

Type of Bill:
Private Members' Bill (Ballot Bill)
Andrew Bridgen

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Commons

  1. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Last event

  • 2nd reading: House of Commons 2nd reading: House of Commons | 28.10.2011

Latest Bill

House Bill Date
Commons Bill 15 2010-11 (as introduced) | PDF version, 76KB 04.02.2011

Latest news on the Bill

The Bill was not moved for debate on 28 October 2011. The order to read the Bill a second time lapsed. There is no indication when the Bill will progress further.

The Bill had its first reading on 30 June 2010.  If you require any further information about the Bill then please contact the sponsor Andrew Bridgen.

Summary of the Bill

The Bill would require the Secretary of State to publish guidance on opencast mining policy in England. The guidance must include a specific policy requiring a 500-metre separation zone to be maintained between opencast mining sites and the nearest residential premises, unless the circumstances are exceptional.

It would require that mineral planning authorities in England must have regard to any such guidance issued when fulfilling their functions.

The Bill would bring the guidance on opencast mining in England more closely into line with the guidance that applies in Scotland and Wales.

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