Planning spotlight at Town Hall

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Archeological hotspot Star Carr and the proposed York Potash mine at Sneaton came under the spotlight at this afternoon’s planning and development committee meeting at Scarborough’s Town Hall.

A application was discussed regarding the re-development of Star Carr Farm, Malton Road, Seamer, which included a new workshop and store building, weighbridge, vehicle wash, security gates, extended hardstanding for staff, visitor and HGV parking, plus the installation of a fuel tank and drainage infrastructure.

The application, by James Stockdale Ltd, was recommended by approval by council planning officers, subject to there being no archaeological objections.

Councillors decided to defer the decision until archaeological reports, among others, had been received.

Also under discussion was the application to build a potash mine on land at Doves Nest Farm and Haxby Plantation, Sneaton.

Councillors were given a presentation about the proposal by representatives from York Potash in the morning, with the matter up for the debate during the afternoon meeting.

Cllr Jane Mortimer, chairman of the planning committee, said she was “hugely in favour” of the scheme, but raised questions about transportation and delivery times.

Cllr Dilys Cluer asked for reassurances on increased traffic around the site during construction and operation, and Cllr Brian Watson said he was in support of the plan, as long as the surrounding area was not spoilt.

For a more detailed report, see Thursday’s Scarborough News.