“Major boost” for potash project

Chris Fraser at Doves Nest Farm
Chris Fraser at Doves Nest Farm

POTASH will be mined from underneath the seabed around Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby after Sirius Minerals received permission from the Marine Management Organisation this week.

In a “major” boost for the project, the MMO, which regulates the seas around England, has notified the company that it will give them a license to mine offshore - subject to appropriate conditions being met.

In response to the announcement Chris Frase, CEO of Sirius Minerals, said: “This is a step forward for the project as we continue to pull together our detailed planning applications for the mine and pipeline.”

The company will only be able to extract potash from under the seabed if it receives planning permission for a new mine onshore, at its proposed site at Doves Nest Farm, south of Sneaton village. Sirius Minerals is currently finalising the planning application for the mine and expects to submit it to the North York Moors National Park Authority before the end of January 2013. It was previously expected prior to the end of last year but this timeframe has been extended due to additional information requested by the North Yorks Moors National Park’s planning authority.

Meanwhile, the formal public consultation period for the company’s proposed underground pipeline transport system comes to an end on 11 January 2013 and feedback received will be collated as part of a separate planning application which is expected to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate during February 2013.

Mr Fraser added: “We are grateful for the levels of support shown during our consultations and we remain focussed on maximising the many benefits that this project can bring for the local community.”