The Banks Mining division is active in open-cast mining. In 2012, Banks completed construction of Northumberlandia, a huge land sculpture in the shape of a reclining female figure near Cramlington, Northumberland. Banks Group and the Blagdon Estate jointly financed the £2.5m cost of the work, as planning gain for Banks' adjacent open-cast coal mine at Shotton, which was approved in 2007. The mine was approved in 2007 despite 2,500 objections and previous refusal by Blyth Valley Council.
- Companies House
- "Northumberlandia: The naked lady of Cramlington". BBC News. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
- John Hill (12 August 2010). "Banks Group pushes to expand extraction contract". The Journal. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
- "Bosses learn about life at coalface". Morpeth Herald. 25 October 2007. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
- "New wind turbine plans speeding up". South Yorkshire Times. 24 September 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
- Banks Group.
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