Fresh delay to potash scheme

York Potash has been asked to re-examine some details of the plans.
York Potash has been asked to re-examine some details of the plans.

A decision on whether to allow a new potash mine to be built near Whitby will be delayed by at least a month after the company behind it was asked to provide yet more information.

After a series of application delays and withdrawals over the last 12 months it had been expected that the North York Moors National Park Planning Authority would be in a position to make the long-awaited decision at its January meeting.

But now, York Potash has been asked to re-examine some details of the plans.

Objections have been lodged from the county council’s highways department over the mine’s transport plans. The Environment Agency has objected to the management and discharge of water.

York Potash has also been asked to expand on how it will deal with excavated quantities of material and the handling of polyhalite.

Once the necessary information has been submitted it will be open to public consultation for 21 days.

However, support has come from Esk Valley Railway and North Yorkshire Moors Railway, town and parish councils, including Aislaby, Sneaton, Glaisdale, Hawsker cum Stainsacre and Fylingdales, and local MPs.

Tees Valley Enterprise is also in favour of the application and one person has even written from Western Australia saying the mine would have a positive impact on global food production.

A number of members of the public have also written in support of the plan, saying it will bring jobs and an economic boost to the region.

Chris Fraser, managing director and CEO of Sirius Minerals said: “The submission of responses from the statutory consultation process is an important milestone for the applications.

“The local authority consultation process has identified a number of focussed issues that the company wishes to clarify and provide additional information on.

“The company is working with its various consultants to provide all of this information. Ongoing support from the community and so many other stakeholders is very much welcomed.”