On 17th and 18th October, Ouseley J heard argument in a challenge by mining firm H.J. Banks and Company Limited to the Secretary of State’s decision to refuse planning permission for an open cast coal mine in Northumberland. The proposal would involve mining up to three million tonnes of coal from 325 hectares of farmland near the village of Widdrington. In refusing planning permission, the Secretary of State gave significant weight to the Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the end use of the coal (use in coal-fired power stations). That aspect of the decision was the focus of the Claimant’s legal challenge. Judgment has been reserved.