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Plans to build Lincolnshire wind farm well on the way

A massive wind farm off the coast of Lincolnshire is set to be one of the biggest in the world.

The company behind the Triton Knoll scheme has already been given planning permission for just under three hundred massive turbines.

Today it revealed details of how it will bring the power that's generated back to land and where it will build a new electricity sub-station. Kate Hemingway reports.

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Consumers warned of increased energy bills

Consumers are being warned that energy bills will go up because the government rushed into a decision about multi-billion pound renewable energy contracts.

A wind farm off the Yorkshire coast - and a biomass plant at Drax power station - were among those awarded a share of 16 billion pounds of taxpayers' money in December.

But a House of Commons committee says the Department for Energy acted too quickly - and failed to consider whether cheaper green energy projects were available. Michael Billington reports.

Grand opening of £34m 'poo-powered' site

The conclusion of a two-year, £34 million project to create a self-powered sewage works in Bradford was marked with a grand opening today.

The new BioThelys Sludge Treatment Plant Credit: Yorkshire Water

Yorkshire Water’s Esholt site will become the company’s first entirely ‘poo-powered’ site thanks to one of the UK’s only operational BioThelys Sludge Treatment Plants.

The technology creates enough renewable energy to power the 750-acre site by generating biogas from the 30,000 tonnes of sludge that comes through the site each year.

Yorkshire Water Chief Executive Richard Flint and Community Engagement Manager John Bond formally open the new technology with Bradford Lord Mayor Cllr Mike Gibbons. Credit: Yorkshire Water

Yorkshire Water says it will reduce their carbon footprint by 9,000 tonnes a year.

The process also creates a product which can be used as a fertiliser by local farmers.

Part of Cleveland Way collapses into sea after landslip

Coastguards are urging people to keep away from the coast near Whitby after part of the Cleveland Way collapsed into the sea.

Temporary fencing has been put up around the landslip area which is just west of Saltwick Bay, not far from Whitby Abbey.

Humber Coastguard says the exact length of land that has disappeared into the sea has yet to be measured, but that it is "substantial".

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Plan to be submitted for York potash mine

Controversial plans for the world's biggest potash mine to be sunk in the North York Moors National Park are to be submitted today.

Plan to be submitted for York potash mine Credit: http://www.siriusminerals.com/

The firm behind the £1bn scheme near Whitby, says it would create 1,000 jobs, but critics say it would blight one of the region's finest landscapes and pave the way for other large scale developments in Britain's national parks.

The mine would target the world's largest untapped reserve of polyhalite - a mineral which is used as fertiliser to boost crop yields.

North York Moors National Park officials said today the mine is believed to be the largest ever major development proposal submitted to a National Park Authority in England.

If operating today at full capacity of 13 million tonnes of polyhalite ore per year, it is understood that the mine would be the world’s largest potash mine in terms of the amount of potash extracted.

The plan involves the construction of two 1,500 metre deep mine shafts on land at Dove’s Nest Farm, near Sneaton, four miles south of Whitby.

Also planned is a 250 metre deep tunnel running 23 miles from the mine site to Wilton on Teesside where the extracted mineral would be granulated for export.

The tunnel would have an access shaft at Dove’s Nest Farm and three intermediate access points on the route to Wilton, one within the national park, near Egton, the second just outside the park boundaries near Lockwood Beck Reservoir and the third near Guisborough.

The Authority understands the significance of the proposals and will carefully assess the planning considerations of the development which will include the environmental impacts and economic benefits. We will approach the new application with an open mind and the proposed development will be determined in the context of our local plan policies and government policy which is that major development should not take place in National Parks unless there are exceptional circumstances of public interest. I want to assure people that we will take all relevant considerations into account before reaching any decision.

– Chris France, Director of Planning at the North York Moors National Park Authority
Plan to be submitted for York potash mine Credit: http://www.siriusminerals.com/

We believe we have a compelling planning case that clearly demonstrates that the York Potash Project can deliver exceptional economic benefits, not only locally here in North Yorkshire and in Teesside but also for the wider UK economy.

We have planned the project with a very high regard for the environment and where possible minimising associated impacts. However, it is now for each authority to determine the applications according to the relevant policies and we keenly await their decisions.

– Chris Fraser, managing director Sirius Minerals

A decision on whether to grant the mine permission is expected next year.

Designs for new visitor centre near Spurn Point

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and energy company, E.ON, have announced plans for a new visitor centre near Spurn National Nature Reserve.

Design for new visitor centre

They say the project will enable the Trust to better cater for the needs of visitors to the area and at the same time ensure the fragility of the wildlife and local environment is better conserved.

The Trust is currently appraising a number of locations with the working favourite being on land owned by the Trust that lies between Kilnsea village and the entrance to Spurn National Nature Reserve.

They added that the design approach began with detailed assessments to avoid impacts on wildlife, the landscape and environment, and then reduce and mitigate any that remain.

Controversial incinerator plans given final approval

North Yorkshire County Council has today given the final go ahead to a controversial £1.4 billion waste incineration scheme.

Thousands of local residents had objected to the scheme

The plant will be built at Allerton Park near Knaresborough.

Councillors voted in favour of the scheme at a special full council meeting at County Hall in Northallerton.

Thousands of local residents had objected to the scheme.

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