Council set to approve potash plans

The Dove's Nest Farm site near Sneaton
The Dove's Nest Farm site near Sneaton

Plans to build a potash mine near Whitby are set to receive the backing of the borough council at a Planning and Development Committe meeting on Thursday.

A report will be presented at town hall recommending that the proposed polyhalite mine at Dove’s Nest Farm, Sneatonthorpe be approved on the grounds that it will benefit the local economy.

It was also concluded that the visual and landscape impact of building the mine at Dove’s Nest Farm would be felt on a lesser scale than if it were to be situated at some of the alternative sites.

The report said: “The committee supports this proposal in principle, emphasising the economic benefits of this proposal for the whole borough whether inside and outside of the National Park.

“In addition to the technical constraints of the alternative sites, the committe considers that the proposed site at Dove’s Nest is preferable in terms of less visual and landscape impact and much less impact on residential amenity than those sites.”

The observations contained within the report, along with any other comments made by the committee will now be forwarded to the North York Moors National Park Authority as the committee’s response to the consultation on this planning application.

Responding to the borough council’s proposed support for their mine application, a spokesman from York Potash told the Whitby Gazette: “We welcome the support in the borough council report.

“The findings in the report complement the existing and wide-ranging support from local parishes, communities, businesses, tourism groups, educational establishments and many more.

“The York Potash Project can create thousands of jobs for the area and have wide-ranging, substantial economic benefits and the report recognises this.”