The collection predominantly comprises copies of material generated by the Public Inquiry process.
It includes statements and reports of interested parties following the initial proposals and application (MS 643/2); statements and transcripts of a Preliminary Meeting held in May 1978 (MS 643/3); submissions, lists of witnesses and agendas relating to the Public Inquiry (MS 643/4); opening statements to the Public Inquiry (MS 643/5); daily transcripts of proceedings at the Public Inquiry (MS 643/6), Inquiry Documents laid before the Public Inquiry (MS 643/7) and Proofs of Evidence of witnesses to thePublic Inquiry (MS 643/8). All of these documents were sent to the Belvoir Research Project group as interested parties. The Public Inquiry documents provide details relating to the economics of the coal mining industry, the geology of the Vale of Belvoir, procedures for setting up new coal mines, and the opinions of planning bodies, pressure groups, and individuals living in the affected area.
Background papers collected by or related to the running of the Belvoir Research Project are in series MS 643/1.
The final report of the group, 'The planning system and major industrial developments : Responses to the Belvoir coalfield proposals', by P. Hills, H. McClintock, D.R. Cope, K. and Williams (London : Social Science Research Council, 1980), does not form part of this collection.