Special Planning Meeting
On 30th June, the North York Moors National Park Authority held a Special Planning Meeting to discuss an application by York Potash to build the world’s largest potash mine in the National Park. The Dartmoor Preservation Association worked with other Friends of the National Parks organisations and with the Campaign for National Parks, to oppose the mine. After hours of deliberation, NYMNPA members voted in favour of the application.
This has huge implications, not just for the North York Moors NPA, but for all of this country’s National Parks and these are set out in the following Media Statement issued by the CNP:
Media Statement on the result of the North York Moors National Park Authority Special Planning Meeting to discuss York Potash application- Following the North York Moors National Park Authority decision today to approve the York Potash application, Ruth Bradshaw, Policy and Campaigns Manager at the Campaign for National Parks said:
“We’re really disappointed that NPA members have approved the construction of the world’s largest potash mine in the North York Moors. We have long maintained that this project is completely incompatible with National Park purposes and that the promised economic benefits could never justify the huge damage that it would do to the area’s landscape and wildlife and to the local tourism economy.
“There was clear evidence of the planning grounds for refusing this project in the report produced by NPA officers but there has also been huge pressure for NPA members to approve a project which has been widely promoted as bringing employment to the area, even though many of the jobs will not go to local people.
“As a last resort, we will also be considering a legal challenge of the decision, given that this is such an important test case of the protection for National Parks in national planning policy. We have six weeks to apply for a judicial review so we now need to decide whether there are grounds for such a challenge,” she added.Background information on the CNP’s campaign work against the York Potash mine can be found at www.cnp.org.uk/north-york-moors-potash-mine-threat.