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Potash chiefs still confident about plan
12:25pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
THE York Potash Project is going full steam behind the scenes – that’s the message from Sirius Minerals chiefs.
Speaking at the firm’s annual general meeting in York last week, representatives from the project said despite a delay in the planning application, they are 100 per cent confident the billion pound mine will go ahead eventually.
The presentation looked at the achievements of the project to date, including the discovery of the thickest and highest grade polyhalite ore reserve globally at the proposed mine site near Whitby.
Although situated within the North York Moors National Park, Sirius says it is confident of getting planning approval due to the number of jobs the mine will create – almost 2,000 by phase two – and the prospective tax generation when the mine is operational.
The planning application to the national park’s planning authority was deferred last month, at the request of Sirius, until July next year.
The extra time is to allow the company to address several issues highlighted by the authorities including traffic assessment, landscape and visual impacts, tourism impacts, and question marks over the market for polyhalite, which is used as a plant fertiliser.
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