Miners to help pay for authority’s planning process

Sirius Minerals has announced that it has entered into an agreement with the national park authority to help fund the cost of the planning decision-making process.

The company has entered into a performance agreement with the North York Moors, as it did when the authority submitted a planning application last year.

Chris Fraser, managing director and CEO of Sirius, said: “Agreements like this are examples of best practice and will relieve some financial burden from the local authority.

“We look forward to continuing the pre-application engagement to facilitate the most complete planning application possible.”

A fresh planning application is due to be submitted to the National Park Authority in July.

The pre-application funding, which ceases when a planning application is submitted, allows the authority to ensure its routine work and performance are not affected by its pre-application engagement with the York Potash project.

The agreement allows Sirius Minerals to contribute to funding the costs to the authority of continuing its detailed pre-application discussions. These centre on key aspects of the project such as environmental study methodology and planning policy considerations.

The company formally withdrew its previous application on October 23 and said that submitting a fresh application will simplify existing planning documentation to allow the company to focus its case around matters of concern.