Have your say on potash proposals
THE public can now have their say on the plans to build a second potash mine within the North York Moors National Park.
The detailed plans for the mining proposal are set out in the planning application which was registered on February 4 and provides more information on the scale and extent of the development at Dove’s Nest Farm, south of Whitby, than the earlier concept which was subject to widespread public consultation.
People are encouraged to comment on the documents on the authority’s website – www.northyorkmoors.org.uk
The Potash Mine proposals are a significant development within the National Park in both economic and environmental terms and the application contains numerous plans and supporting documents, including an Environmental Impact Assessment Statement which covers the wider project including the pipelines and processing infrastructure.
Among the key aspects of the development are the surface development of the mine site which amounts to around 40 hectares of open farmland and woodland lying between the heritage coast and the A169 Pickering to Whitby road; the structure of the mining and on-site processing buildings and the mine shafts which will be sunk up to a depth of 1,700m; the transportation and excavation of the Potash a 76 space car park and emergency helicopter landing pad with a planned 120 car space extension to the approved Whitby Park and Ride site to ensure most workers park away from the mine head site; and the 554 jobs that will initially be created, a figure that is expected to rise to 706 when full production is reached in 2024.
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