Nenthead used to have a mine, but it was closed and turned into a museum.
The new plans have attracted some criticism because of the impact on the local environment, but the company behind the plans have been quick to point out that current mines are significantly cleaner than mines used to be.
They have also warned that the vast majority of exploration works do not lead on to mines being opened, but have said they won't know for certain until more boreholes are drilled.
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Kerrie Gosney brings you Sunday night's forecast
The remains of Hurricane Gonzalo will reach the UK on Monday night, bringing a period of strong winds and heavy rain to the UK.
An unsettled week with showers or rain and some very strong winds. There's a Met Office warning for gales as we head into Tuesday