NEIGHBOURS will next week hear more about plans to opencast thousands of tonnes of coal near their homes.
The public meeting follows the submission of a planning application to Durham County Council, requesting permission to extract up to 514,000 tonnes of coal and 83,000 tonnes of fireclay from farmland known as Field House, between West Rainton and Pittington, east of Durham.
Pittington parish councillors will be present at the debate.
The mining would last more than two years, followed by years of restoration work, says Hargreaves Surface Mining, the company behind the application.
Hargreaves says the mining would create about 42 full-time jobs, 18 seasonal jobs, provide opportunities for businesses and result in an enhanced landscape with new woodland, hedges and grassland. Many residents however hit out at the proposals as they visited a public exhibition earlier this year, citing noise and pollution among potential problems.
The meeting takes place in Pittington Village Hall from 6pm to 8pm on Monday.