The North York Moors National Park Authority has received planning application documents from York Potash Ltd for the development of a new potash mine at Dove's Nest Farm, to the south of Sneaton village, near Whitby.
This would involve the construction of two deep mine shafts with associated development on land at Dove's Nest Farm/ Haxby Plantation. York Potash proposes to extract polyhalite mineral from underneath an area covering 253 square kilometres to the south and west of Whitby.
The plans will be available to view on the Authority's website from February 4. The application will also be available for public inspection at the Authority's offices in Helmsley, the Town Council offices in Whitby and at Scarborough Borough Council's offices in St Nicholas Street.**
Protestors are making their voices heard after a company pinpointed one of our region's most treasured beauty spots for a potash mine.
Up to 4000 desperately-needed new jobs could be created but objectors argue that even though the mine's buildings won't be visible to the public, the North York Morrs national park must be protected from any development
Tom Chadwick who is the Chairman of the North York Moors Association said he is "bitterly disappointed" with today's decision, and with plans for another gas plant in a national park and a huge potash mine planned for North Yorkshire, it feels as if the North York Moors National Park is under siege.
A controversial 50 million pound sour gas plant has been given the go ahead on the edge of the North York Moors national park despite huge opposition from locals and campaigners.
Villagers in Thornton-le-Dale near to Malton have fought a three year battle against the plans which will be built on the outskirts of the village.
Opponents say all of the country's national parks will view the approval of the scheme with alarm, because it is claimed this is the first major industrial development to be given the go ahead under new government guidelines.