New proposals presented to Caerphilly Councillors in response to community feedback

Following a detailed pre-application community consultation last year, Miller Argent has responded to feedback by making significant changes to its proposals for the Nant Llesg surface mine and land remediation scheme.

This comes ahead of Miller Argent’s submission of a planning application for the scheme which would be situated at the top of the Rhymney Valley, North of Fochriw and West of Rhymney.

The changes to the plans will this week be presented to Caerphilly Councillors, who have been invited to a special meeting on Wednesday 3 April 2013 which is also open to members of the public.

The key changes made to the plans include:

  • The excavation area of the mine has been moved so that it is 500m away from the nearest businesses and properties, and just under 700m from the nearest occupied residential properties in Rhymney.
  • The overall operational size of the scheme has been reduced, meaning a smaller excavation area, and a significantly smaller, consolidated over burden dump to the south.
  • Improved visual screening and noise mitigation has been incorporated, with the inclusion of a grassed mound, which will screen the mine from almost all of Rhymney.
  • New footpaths and new public access land made available due to the temporary loss of Common Land during operations