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Yorkshire potash mine makes progress

by on April 30, 2015

Proposals for a potash mine in North Yorkshire have made progress after planning permission for part of the £1.7bn project was given the go-ahead by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council.

Sirius Minerals has had its application for a mine and mineral transport system near Whitby approved by the local planning authority, which has yet to pronounce on a related application for a materials handling facility.

The company still needs approval from North York Moors National Park Authority for the fertiliser project, much of which inside the boundary of the Park.

It also requires a Development Consent Order for the scheme’s port facilities on Teesside. Revised proposals were submitted to the Planning Inspectorate last month.

The proposed site for the mine head is at Sneaton, three miles south of Whitby, in the north-east part of the designated area. The mine head is in a pleasant, wooded area close to the popular long-distance Coast to Coast trail between St Bees in Cumbria and Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Yorkshire coast.

Sirius wants to mine the fertiliser from underneath the North York Moors National Park and use an underground tunnel to send it to Wilton, near Redcar, for distribution.

Chris Fraser, managing director of Sirius, said: “We are delighted with the positive decision from Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council for this substantial part of the project and look forward to further progress with our other applications”.

View further details on the scheme’s website.


Roger Milne

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