A controversial plan to sink a huge potash mine in the North York Moors National Park has been approved by park authority members tonight.
It is said the project will create more than a thousand jobs - and many more when it's under construction. But there have been fears it could damage the environment. Chris Kiddey reports from Sneaton Castle near Whitby.
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The Campaign for National Parks has expressed its 'disappointment' at the approval of a potash mine by the North Yorks Moors National Park Authority and says it is now considering mounting a legal challenge.
The charity, which acts as the independent national voice for the 13 National Parks in England and Wales, says the project is 'completely incompatible' with National Park purposes.
CNP now has six weeks to apply for a judicial review and says it now needs to decide whether there are grounds for such a challenge.
We’re really disappointed that NPA members have approved the construction of the world’s largest potash mine in the North York Moors. We have long maintainedthat this project is completely incompatible with National Park purposes and that the promised economic benefits could never justify the huge damage that it would do to the area’s landscape and wildlife and to the local tourism economy. There was clear evidence of the planning grounds for refusing this project in the report produced by NPA officers but there has also been huge pressure for NPA members to approve a project which has been widely promoted as bringing employment to the area, even though many of the jobs will not go to local people.
The North Yorks Moors planning commitee has approved plans for a potash mine in the national park, near Whitby, by eight votes to seven. It could set a benchmark for national parks nationwide.
Controversial plans to sink a mile deep mine shaft and create a 1,000 jobs in the heart of the North York Moors National Park near Whitby are expected to be decided today. Mining firm Sirius Minerals wants to dig billions of tonnes of potash - a type of fertiliser - from beneath the moors and seabed. But dozens of environmental groups say the mine will harm one of the region's finest landscapes and damage the vital tourism industry.
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