Plans for potash mine will look at potentially extending beyond the North York Moors boundary (From The Northern Echo)
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Plans for potash mine will look at potentially extending beyond the North York Moors boundary
PLANS to build a £1.5bn potash mine in North Yorkshire are to be submitted to the county council as well as the North York Moors Park Authority next year.
Sirius Minerals is to resubmit its plans to build its mine at Sneaton, near Whitby to the North York Moors National Park Authority in July next year.
The plans were deferred when the mining company requested more time to address environmental concerns. The company said it had adopted a “new approach” and wanted to ensure environmental information for all aspects of the project would be available at the same time.
The Northern Echo reported in September that planners warned resubmitting documents for the proposed potash mine would place considerable financial strain on the park. It had already spent more than £500,000 out of the park’s annual £5m budget on processing the plans.
Now Sirius Minerals has said it was considering an extension to the underground boundary.
A spokesman for the company said they held mineral rights which in places stretched out of the national park and into North Yorkshire.
He said submitting the plans to North Yorkshire County Council, as well as the national park, next year was a formality in case they wanted to extend the mine in the future to access seams which ran out of the park.
“We feel there’s more time now to consider looking outside the boundary. We already hold the mineral rights in those areas.
"But if we wanted to mine underground there, we would need approval of the county council."
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