Published: 1st July 2015
On Tuesday, the North York Moors National Park Authority (NYMNPA) voted to approve an application by Sirius Minerals. The proposals include a 1,500m mine sunk beneath the park and a 23 mile tunnel under the moors to convey the potash to docks at Teesside. The NYMNPA committee decided that the economic benefits outweighed the potential for environmental harm.
The £1.7 billion project will create over 1,000 permanent jobs in the north east of England. It will also create a peak of 1,700 jobs during construction. Exports of £1.2bn generated by the mine each year would significantly reduce the UK’s trade deficit. The mine would contribute over £1bn annually to GDP and would have local and national benefits in terms of royalty payments, tax and indirect jobs.
York Potash aims to deliver a world leading design, setting a benchmark in sustainable economic development in a sensitive landscape, and aiming to ensure that the impact on the National Park is kept to a minimum.
Congratulations to York Potash (Sirius Minerals)!
Quod supported York Potash in demonstrating the national significance of the proposals, providing a robust planning case to illustrate how the local and national economic benefits outweighed the potential for harm to the National Park.