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Grayling approves facilities to support North Yorkshire potash mine

Words: Laura Edgar
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Transport secretary Chris Grayling has a granted a Development Consent Order (DCO) for new harbour facilities in Teesside, linked to a potash mine approved last year.

North York Moors National Park Authority (NYMNPA) approved developer Sirius Minerals’ plans for the £1.7 billion potash mine at Dove’s Nest Farm near Whitby in July 2015. Much of its associated infrastructure is on the North York Moors.

The plans include a loading site at the mouth of the River Tees, which is expected to ship the polyhalite fertiliser from the mine.

The harbour would oversee distribution of the polyhalite after it is transported through an underground conveyor belt to a handling site in Wilton, near Redcar.

The planning inspector recommended the scheme for approval, with Grayling agreeing and granting consent.

The inspector said there should be a “modest benefit” through the compensatory habitat enhancement provisions in the developer’s plans, therefore the scheme would cause not harm to biodiversity. Additionally, he said the facilities would not damage the visual impact on the surrounding area or the wider landscape.

There would be economic benefits to local, regional and national economies as a result of the scheme, the inspector said, as well as a “clear socio-economic benefit in the jobs that would be created” in the area, considering its “above average” unemployment levels.

Sirius Minerals said the DCO includes all the compulsory purchase power needed to develop the harbour facilities.

Chris Fraser managing director and CEO at the company, said: “Our team is currently actively engaged in the financing phase of the project and I look forward to providing further updates in due course. We are closer than ever to delivering this world-class project."

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