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Two projects up for top planning awards

Two projects in our region are up for a top award in London today.

The outline for the Lincolnshire Lakes project Credit: Artist's impression

Bridlington's revised bathing waters directive, which looks to make beaches in the town excellent, and the Lincolnshire Lakes project, which is a proposal for 3 and a half thousand homes near Scunthorpe - have been nominated for planning excellence at the Royal Town Planning Institute Awards.

80% rise in potash mine company shares

Investors in a potash mine, including thousands of local people from the Whitby area look set to benefit on paper this morning after shares of Sirius Minerals rocketed up in price - with a rise of more than 80%.

It follows a controversial vote yesterday evening in which the North York Moors National Park approved the plans.

The company is listed on the alternative stock market.

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Potash plans approved in narrow vote

A controversial plan to sink a huge potash mine in the North York Moors National Park has been approved by park authority members tonight.

It is said the project will create more than a thousand jobs - and many more when it's under construction. But there have been fears it could damage the environment. Chris Kiddey reports from Sneaton Castle near Whitby.

Decision time for North Yorkshire potash mine

Proposed potash mine

Controversial plans to sink a mile deep mine shaft and create a 1,000 jobs in the heart of the North York Moors National Park near Whitby are expected to be decided today. Mining firm Sirius Minerals wants to dig billions of tonnes of potash - a type of fertiliser - from beneath the moors and seabed. But dozens of environmental groups say the mine will harm one of the region's finest landscapes and damage the vital tourism industry.

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World's biggest liners could be heading for Hull

Some of the world's biggest cruise-liners could soon be heading to Yorkshire after plans for a new cruise terminal took a big step forward. Hull City Council has backed plans that would see a new berth for the liners created on the Humber, close to the city centre, creating hundreds of jobs and bringing millions of pounds of tourists' cash to the area. But there is concern from some living near the waterfront that the area is not suitable as James Webster reports.

Council approves cruise ship terminal for Hull

Hull City Council has approved plans for a cruise ship terminal at the city's docks.

Council approves cruise ship terminal for Hull Credit: Artist's impression

The development of the docks could boost visitor numbers and tourism in the area and generate £13 million annually for the city's economy and an additional £15 million for the region.

Areas identified as possible locations for the terminal include Sammy's Point, beside The Deep, and Albert Dock.

The council now says it is looking for private investment for the project.

The development and delivery of a city centre riverside berth will create a long term legacy for Hull, contributing to the wider regeneration of the city centre. Importantly, it will also create long-term employment opportunities for our existing workforce and young people in a key sector. This is such an exciting time in the city and alongside plans already in place to redevelop the city centre and some of our key culture hubs like the Ferens Art Gallery; we need to look to the future and how the city can continue to capitalise on the City of Culture success.

– Councillor Steven Bayes

Talks to resume over planned Tata Steel worker strike

Talks are set to resume today to try to avoid a 24-hour strike by Tata Steel workers at sites including Scunthorpe and Rotherham.

Talks are set to resume today to try to avoid a 24-hour strike by Tata Steel workers at sites including Scunthorpe and Rotherham. Credit: Press Association

Unions will meet company bosses after workers voted to strike over changes to the pension scheme. It will be the first in the industry in 30 years.

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Tata Steel goes to ACAS to try to solve dispute

Tata Steel UK goes to ACAS to try to solve pension dispute Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Tata Steel UK says it's approached the conciliation service ACAS to try to resolve a pension dispute wth its workforce.

The company has sites across the North East, at Hartlepool, Skinningrove, Lackenby, Darlington, York and Blaydon.

A one day strike is planned for later this month. Tata says it's facing a projected shortfall of more than £2 billion pounds this year. The Unite union says it's provoking the biggest crisis in the steel industry for a generation.

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