Crucial report on potash mine to be presented to Park Authority

An impression of what the site will look like
An impression of what the site will look like

A report will be presented to members of the North York Moors National Park Authority next month when it meets to consider the planning application to build a potash mine at Sneatonthorpe.

Planning officers have indicated to bosses behind the proposed York Potash site that they do not intend to recommend approval or refusal of the plans.

The plans include a mine to be based on the former Dove’s Nest farm site and underground workings.

The mined product will be transported to a processing plant at Teesside which is subject to a separate planning application with another authority.

There has been much discussion and debate surrounding the application for the mine which would sit in the heart of the North York Moors.

But today (Thursday), the company, backed by Sirius Minerals, released a statement to the market outlining the curent position.

It said: “The report is likely to include ‘open recommendation’ for the authority’s members to consider, which means it will be for the members to make a determination based on the relevant planning considerations.”

The report in question will be available for public viewing five days prior to the meeting, which takes place on June 30, via both the York Potash and the North York Moors National Park websites.

Chris Fraser, a director of Sirius Minerals, said: “We are very pleased to be heading towards a decision by the members and have confidence in the strength of our planning case, the huge levels of public support for the application and the many wide ranging economic benefits that the project will deliver to the local area and the country at large.”

It is expected that the mine, if approved, will create in the region of up to a thousand jobs as well as thousands more as an indirect result.