Potash decision nears

A National Park sign close to the proposed site for the York Potash Mine near Whitby in the North York Moors National Park, as councillors are discussing whether to allow what is potentially the world's biggest potash mine to be constructed in one of England's national parks. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 30, 2015. The proposal by Sirius Minerals to build the mine near Whitby, in the North York Moors National Park, came after around 1.3 billion tonnes of polyhalite was discovered below the protected Yorkshire coastline - believed to be the world's biggest and best quality supply of the valuable mineral. See PA story ENVIRONMENT Potash. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire
A National Park sign close to the proposed site for the York Potash Mine near Whitby in the North York Moors National Park, as councillors are discussing whether to allow what is potentially the world's biggest potash mine to be constructed in one of England's national parks. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 30, 2015. The proposal by Sirius Minerals to build the mine near Whitby, in the North York Moors National Park, came after around 1.3 billion tonnes of polyhalite was discovered below the protected Yorkshire coastline - believed to be the world's biggest and best quality supply of the valuable mineral. See PA story ENVIRONMENT Potash. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire
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“It is challenging but in all planning cases it should be possible to come to a professional conclusion.”

These were the closing words of North York Moors National Park planning authority boss Chris France to his committee after presenting the York Potash planning application to them.

The special planning meeting has adjourned for lunch but upon returning this afternoon members will start their deliberations before coming to a decision.

Mr France also said in his closing remarks that it was not a finely balanced application due to its significant conflict with policy.

Members were reminded when coming to a decision to bear in mind public and social benefits a mine would bring with the harm to the National Park.

He added: “I am not convinced that in terms of a mined resource the development of a second mine represents exceptional circumstances.”