York Potash goes public with plans for mine near Whitby

York Potash drilling rig

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THE company planning to build a billion pound potash mine in North Yorkshire is revealing its latest plans to the public.

York Potash is hosting a series of public exhibitions to showcase its second set of plans for a potash mine in the North York Moors National Park, near Whitby.

A previous planning application, which was due to be determined in August last year, was deferred and later withdrawn by York Potash.

The mine, which is set to mine 13 million tonnes on the plant fertiliser potash every year once at full capacity, will create 1,000 direct jobs, with thousands more expected in the supply chain.

The public is invited to see and comment on the plans for the mine and the underground transport system, designed to take the mineral to Teesside.

The exhibition is being held ahead of York Potash submitting a formal planning application in the coming months.

The proposed location for the mine is set within an existing farm and commercial forestry block, around two miles south of the outskirts of Whitby.

The mineral transport system would transport polyhalite from the mine site at Sneaton to a materials handling facility at Teesside.

The system will be constructed from either end and via three intermediate access shafts along the route.

York Potash is currently finalising detailed planning submissions including environmental impact studies and proposed mitigation measures for each of its planning applications.

The public exhibition into the mine plans will be held in North Yorkshire on July 2 at Sneaton Village Hall, July 3 at Hawsker and Stainsacre Parish Hall, July 4 at Sneaton Castle, July 5 at Sleights Village Hal, and July 8 at Egton Village Hall.

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