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Locals criticise plans for potash mine in North York Moors

Plans for a potash mine four miles south of Whitby have been submitted to the National Park authority in the North York Moors.

The company behind it says it will invest a billion pounds into the mine creating thousands of jobs in the Sneaton area. But many who live in the area say they're worried it could spoil the area.

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.