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Plans for potash mine in North York Moors

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.**

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Yorkshire potash mine plans submitted

A major planning battle is expected after a mining company announced today it had submitted a long-awaited application to sink a potash mine in the North York Moors national park, creating a 1,000 permanent jobs.

Sirius Minerals wants to build the mine two-and-a-half miles south of Whitby. It says the mine would exploit what is believed to be the world's biggest and best quality supply of potash, which is used to make fertiliser.

But critics say the technology is untested and the mine will be an eyesore in the heart of one of the region's most protected landscapes. The company says it expects a decision to be made by the national park planning authority in May.

"This is a major milestone for the company and one that we believe brings us closer to the first day of construction and production at the York Potash Project."

– Chris Fraser, Managing Director, Sirius Minerals.

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