who are not involved in the mineral extraction business.
It is also this issue that give rise to new conflicts between UK Coal plc, local communities and local authorities as two of the case studies that follow makes clear (Cutacre and Lounge). In addition claims about ‘regeneration’ made by UK Coal plc, implying that this only means them using ‘brown field’ land, also give rise to conflicts at the local level as two of the following case studies also make clear (Cutacre and Rossington). If that is the case then we can expect there to be even more conflicts between UK Coal plc, Local Communities and Planning Authorities in the future.
Conclusions from this section
UK Coal plc in rebranding itself as a property company is seeking to enhance the value of its shares as investment analysts reclassify it as a property company rather than being a miner /energy company.
The issues associated with UK Coal plc being a company historically associated with coal extraction and the control of coal extraction being exercised by a planning regime different from other land use planning is glossed over by UK Coal plc when it presents itself as a property company in the following ways:
if the unexploited land it owns overlies a shallow coalfield it will be prevented from developing the land until the coal has been extracted,
gaining permission to extract coal is a long, complex and expensive process,
such planning permission that is granted only gives UK Coal plc temporary permission to exploit the land for mineral extraction purposes on condition that the land is restored to the situation agreed on when the planning permission is granteds,
officially, land which is approved for such mineral extraction purposes is never classified as brown field land, as UK Coal plc is only ‘borrowing’ the land on a temporary basis and is under an obligation to restore the site,
it will take some considerable time for UK Coal plc to realise the value of its land bank since sites are small relative to the size of the land bank and each site can take over 10 years before it is in a position to begin its final development process.
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