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Plans for Potash Mine Near Pickering To Be Submitted in July


4:56pm 14th January 2014

Proposals for a new potash mine near Pickering are set to be submitted to planners on the North York Moors National Park Authority by the end of July.

A decision on the existing application, which was submitted in February 2013, was delayed at the request of York Potash in July 2013 after legal advice the company had received. The North York Moors National Park Authority had been ready to determine the application in July 2013 but the application has been suspended at the company’s request since then.  A letter dated 10 January 2014 confirms the original application has now been withdrawn which the authority says "resolves uncertainty over the status of the application".

York Potash and planners are now having confidential pre-application discussions before a new application is submitted at the end of July 2014. The Authority says it approaches the new application with an open mind and that the proposed development will be determined in the context of its local plan policies and government policy set out in the National Planning Policy Framework.

York Potash has confirmed it will extend the proposed area for the mine to include some areas outside the National Park boundary. This means that the new application will also be considered by North Yorkshire County Council as a ‘straddling application’. The Authority will work closely with NYCC in dealing with the new submission.

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