The company behind plans for an opencast mine in Northumberland have welcomed its approval by the county council.

Northumberland County Council leader Grant Davey said the decision to back plans for the mine near Druridge Bay, were made with the residents in mind.Jeannie Kielty, development relations coordinator at The Banks Group, said Banks Mining would invest around £120m in the North East economy through the Highthorn project, and create at least 100 jobs on the site.

Our Discover Druridge initiative will see a coordinated approach involving local people, tourism and conservation bodies that will help deliver a tourism offer which will sustain the Druridge Bay area for years to come, and will give the area the infrastructure required for managing the increasing numbers of visitors that the scheme hopes to draw in."

Jeannie Kielty

Contracts worth a total of £48m will be put out to tender as part of realising the project, with the company insisting locally-based suppliers being used wherever possible.