Nant Llesg Surface Mine

Caerphilly County Borough Council has received a planning application for proposals by Miller Argent (South Wales) Ltd to recover 6 million tonnes of coal by surface mining methods on 478 hectares of land to the west of Rhymney, north of Fochriw and south of the A465 Heads of the Valleys Road.

The council will hold exhibitions to display a selection of the plans and information submitted by Miller Argent in connection with the company's planning application.

Exhibitions will take place from 4pm - 7pm at the following locations: -

  • Tuesday 19 November 2013 at Abertysswg Community Centre
  • Wednesday 20 November 2013 at Rhymney Community Centre, High St, Rhymney
  • Tuesday 26 November 2013 at Fochriw Community Centre
  • Thursday 28 November 2013 at Elim Community Church Hall, Waterloo Terrace, Pontlottyn
  • Tuesday 3 December 2013 at Ael Y Bryn Community Centre, Rhymney
There will be an opportunity to view the application and to discuss the proposals with officers of the council who can give advice about the process to follow for those wishing to comment. Representations should be made in writing by 13 December 2013 to Head of Regeneration and Planning.

Representations can be made online using the link below:


If you wish to discuss the application, please contact Ruth Amundson 01495 235120, John Forrester 01495 235332 or Tim Stephens 01495 235359.

The submitted documents can be viewed by selecting the following links. Please allow time for larger files to download.

Covering Letter (PDF 178kb)

Planning Statement and Appendices (NTS) (PDF 90mb)

Environmental Statements Volume I: Technical Assessments Part 1 (PDF 17.3mb)

Environmental Statements Volume I: Technical Assessments Part 2 (PDF 4.7mb)

Environmental Statements Volume II: Appendices Part 1 (PDF 120mb)

Environmental Statements Volume II: Appendices Part 2 (PDF 157mb)

Environmental Statements Volume II: Appendices Part 3 (PDF 40mb)

Environmental Statements Volume III: Drawings Part 1 (PDF 100mb)

Environmental Statements Volume III: Drawings Part 2 (PDF 497mb)

Non Technical Summary (NTS) (PDF 10mb)

Design and Access Statement (PDF 353kb)

Public Consultation Statement (PDF 18mb)

Addendum to Chapter 8 of the Environmental Statement 'Ecology and Nature Conservation' and an Errata for the original application documents

Letter - Addendum and Errata (PDF 925kb)

Errata (PDF 665mb)

Addendum (PDF 14.8mb)

Acknowledgement of letters received on 10 December 2013

On 10 December 2013, 2909 letters commenting about planning application 13/0732/MIN were delivered to the Planning Division at the council's offices at Pontllanfraith.

It is not the council's intention to acknowledge those letters individually because of the time and expense that would involve. However, we will look at all of those letters to ensure that all the appropriate material planning considerations are taken into account.

Planning Committee procedure for determining the planning application

Current details are available in the attached letter.

Letter explaining Planning Committee procedure for determining the planning application (PDF 434kb)


Who to contact

  • Planning Division
  • Pontllanfraith House
  • Pontllanfraith
  • Blackwood
  • NP12 2YW
  • Tel: 01495 23 5120/5332
  • Email Planning Division

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