Planning permission ‘in the bag’?

Reading your report on the “new potash set-up” (Whitby Gazette, Friday 21 October).

It reads as though both the “new mine boss”, Graham Clarke, and Sirius MD Chris Fraser, both believe that it is a forgone conclusion that there’ll be a new potash mine within the national park.

Forgive me if I’m missing something, but don’t they need planning permission from both the national park and the council first?

Or perhaps they’ve that in the bag too?

David Wedgood Perry, Manor Garth, Robin Hood’s Bay by email