MP reaffirms support for potash mine plans

Whitby's MP Robert Goodwill is backing plans to build a potash mine at Sneatonthorpe
Whitby's MP Robert Goodwill is backing plans to build a potash mine at Sneatonthorpe

Local MP, Robert Goodwill has reacted to news that planning officers at the North York Moors National Park Authority are likely to propose an ‘open recommendation’ for a potash mine near Whitby.

Mr Goodwill told the Whitby Gazette that it was “fantastic” that a date had been set for a decision to be made on the “important” York Potash application.

“This project has been mired in planning bureaucracy for too long already,” he added.

“If planning officers aren’t prepared to make a recommendation to the committee, then I certainly am because this scheme is central to my local democratic mandate.

“20,613 people voted for me and no one can have been in any doubt about my 100% support for this new mine and the 1,000 jobs that come with it.”

York Potash’s plans include a mine to be based on the former Dove’s Nest Farm site at Sneatonthorpe and underground workings.

The Park Authority will meet to make their decision on Tuesday June 30, and the report that is set to be presented to them will be available for public viewing five days prior to the meeting, via both the York Potash and the North York Moors National Park websites.

Planning officers have indicated to bosses behind the proposed York Potash site that they do not intend to recommend approval or refusal of the plans.

An ‘open recommendation’ means that it will be for the members to make a determination based on the relevant planning considerations.

The Whitby Gazette wishes to clarify that the North York Moors National Park Authority has not indicated that it has any intention of approving York Potash’s planning application.

A story published on page 5 of the May 15 edition of the Gazette stated that officers were “set to approve” the application, which is inaccurate.