Selar North – planning application submitted

Over 100 people attended Celtic Energy’s public exhibitions, which were held during the summer, to find out more about its proposals to extend the Selar Surface Mine, near Glynneath. The planning application for the extension was submitted to Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council in November 2009.

As part of the company’s commitment to open dialogue and communication, Celtic Energy invited local residents to a series of public exhibitions to talk through its emerging proposals. The exhibitions took place over three days in Cwmgwrach, Glynneath and Rhigos and as well as being able to view the proposals for the extension, members of the project team were on hand to answer questions.

Celtic Energy welcomed the opportunity to engage with people and the general reponse was that people were glad to be given a genuine opportunity to express their views on the plans for Selar North. Consultation enabled Celtic Energy to identify several issues which were of local interest, such as lorry movements and the road network and all feed back received was considered in the prepatation of the planning application.

Adrian Helmore, Celtic Energy’s Business Development Manager, said: “public consultation is playing an increasingly improtant role in the planning process, as it creates the opportunity for feedback from interested parties to be taken on board before a planning application is finalised. Understanding that any proposal to extend mining operations at Selar would be a matter of interest to local residents, we co-ordinated three exhibition events so that we could engage with people directly to talk about our proposals and, where possible, take on board any constructive comments they might have.

“Anecdotally, consensus was that people welcomed the opportunity to engage with us at such an early stage in the planning process, and felt they were being given a genunie opportunity to express their views.”

The Council will now register the application following which members of the public will be able to feed back their comments on the application direct to the NPTCBC Planning Officer. The Council’s Planning Committee will then take all relevant feed back into account before making its final decision, which is not expected to be made until Spring 2010.

Details of how, when and where the community was involved in the consultation programme are set out in the Environmental Statement which was submitted as part of the planning application. This and other documents will be available to view from this website once the planning application has been registered by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council.

Exhibition Materials

If you were unable to attend the exhibitions, copies of the materials that were on display are available to view by clicking on the links below.

Contact Us

If you would like to be kept informed as the planning process progresses, or if you have any questions, concerns or comments regarding our proposals for Selar North, please contact us using one of the following methods:

E-mail: enquiries@coal.com

Write to us at: Celtic Energy Limited, 9 Beddau Way, Castlegate Business Park, Caerphilly, CF83 2AX