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.**
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.
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.