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Decision time for North Yorkshire potash mine

Proposed potash mine.

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 have been approved at a planning committee tonight - June 30.

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.

The decision was won by eight votes to seven.