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Plans For £1bn Potash Mine in North York Moors APPROVED

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Plans for a £1bn potash mine in the North York Moors have been approved.

This latest news comes despite environment and amenity organisations urging North York Moors National Park Authority to reject the application due to concerns about the potential damage to the countryside and tourism industry.

The development of the proposed potash mine for Sirius Minerals Plc, known as the York Potash Project, represents the biggest inward investment for many decades in the area and would create an unprecedented economic opportunity for the Borough of Scarborough and Ryedale.

The mine, which will be under land near Whitby the size of 18 thousand football pitches, will create 1000 jobs and is predicted to transform North Yorkshire's economy.

Cllr Derek Bastiman, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council said:
"I am absolutely delighted that the North York Moors National Park has taken the bold decision today to approve the planning application for the potash mine. This is a momentous decision by the authority, which will have a hugely beneficial effect for decades to come on our borough, the wider region and the UK economy in terms of job creation, investment, income generation and a wealth of business opportunities." 
"We now look forward to working with York Potash and other partners to maximise the benefits for our area as the project progresses to the pre-construction and build phases."
In a statement on their website York Potash say:
"We intend to build the first potash mine in the UK for over 40 years – a plan for North Yorkshire that has both local and national significance. A state-of-the-art new mine to extract polyhalite, a unique multi-nutrient form of potash, will not only safeguard UK supplies, but will also boost the local, regional and UK national economies. It will create jobs, help improve skills in the region and contribute to people’s prosperity for generations to come." 
"We have already made significant progress towards delivering this vision. Our exploration programme has confirmed that the Project area has the world’s thickest and highest grade of polyhalite and we’re now undertaking a planning process for one of the world’s most innovatively designed low impact mining operations." 
"Ensuring that the people of North Yorkshire directly benefit from this project is very important to us. Work with schools, colleges and universities has already commenced to ensure that young people can understand the types of jobs that will be available and the skills and qualifications required to fulfil these roles. In addition we have demonstrated our long-term support for local projects with the launch of the York Potash Foundation." 
"We hope we can count on your support in delivering this important project."

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