A public inquiry is underway which could finally decide whether an open cast mine can be built at Druridge Bay.
It's already been given the go ahead by Northumberland County Council, but the government has now stepped in after a number of groups raised concerns.
Jonny Blair reports:
More than a thousand people have backed a campaign to try and stop proposals for an open cast mine to go ahead at Druridge Bay in Northumberland.
The Save Druridge group believes the beauty spot will be ruined.
Banks Mining, the company behind the plans say the project will bring jobs to the area.
Archaeologists will find out today, August 14, if they will receive extra lottery cash to extend a dig, which is turning up vital clues about Stone Age and Bronze Age life on the Northumberland coast.
The site, near Druridge Bay, dates back 8,000 and excavations have already uncovered ancient footprints and a cemetery.
A 26ft minke whale has been found on a beach in Northumberland.
The whale is alive but struggling in Druridge Bay.