Proposals for a new modern potash mine which could create thousands of new jobs and provide a major shot in the arm for the region’s economy have moved a step closer after York Potash submitted its planning documents to the North York Moors National Park Authority.
The planning application for the mine, which will be based near Whitby, was validated by the authority on Monday and can be viewed online or at its headquarters in Helmsley. A public meeting to discuss the application will be held in the near future with a final decision expected in May.
The planning application marks a major milestone for the York Potash project which has seen the company undertake extensive technical and geological studies to confirm that the North Yorkshire coast has the largest and highest-grade polyhalite deposits anywhere in the world.
The company says the new mine will generate more than 1,000 direct jobs when at full production and thousands of indirect jobs in the support and supply industries, as well up to 1,800 jobs during construction.
The state-of-the-art mine has been designed to minimise the visual and environmental impact of the operation, added the company, and has received the support of local people and business and tourism groups.
As part of its consultation programme, 91 per cent of people were supportive of proposals with only eight per cent undecided and less than one per cent against the new mine.
The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership and the Leeds, York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce have both expressed strong support for the proposals and the economic growth that the York Potash Project can bring to the wider region.
The regional tourism body, Welcome to Yorkshire, has also confirmed its support for the mine which it believes would be beneficial for the whole area.
Chris Fraser, Managing Director and CEO of parent company Sirius Minerals said: “The York Potash Project will deliver an unrivalled level of investment for North Yorkshire, creating significant new jobs and improving local skills for generations to come. As a nationally significant project with many local benefits and we have been extremely grateful for the wide ranging support received during our extensive pre-application public consultations.
“A huge amount of technical work and studies have gone into the application and we believe that we have both put forward a robust planning case and set a new benchmark for sensitive design in the mining industry.”