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Redcar and Cleveland is set to benefit from the announcement that a new Potash mine just outside Whitby on the has been granted planning permission. 

York Potash plans to mine in an area just off the A171 near Sneaton and transport the minerals using a 40km underground tunnel to a site at Wilton (planned site pictured above) and then on to a new harbour facility adjacent to the Redcar Steelworks.

Permission was granted for the mine by the North Yorkshire Moors National Park Planning Authority on Tuesday (30th June) and the materials handling and harbour facilities by Redcar And Cleveland Council back in April. This means the company can forge ahead with the construction stages.

Chris Fraser, Managing Director and CEO of Sirius, the company behind York Potash said "This is really just the beginning for the Company - we have made a major step forward and now have a clear pathway to reaching production. We are grateful to the members of the Authority for their positive consideration of the application and we thank our many loyal supporters, investors and customers for their patience in helping us to get to this stage. The case for the Project has always been compelling because it will not only generate so many jobs and economic benefits, but also because it is accompanied by such extensive mitigations, safeguards and environmentally sensitive design. We now look forward to delivering it." 

The mine will be the first in more than 40 years to be built in the UK. The Zetland FM area already benefits in both jobs and the local economy from ICL at Boulby, formerly Cleveland Potash. 

With around 2,500 jobs created during construction and 1000 created once the mine is working, plus additional boosts to supplier industries, it's estimated that the region is set to benefit to the tune of £2 Billion.

You can register your interest in working for York Potash online here. It's expected the mine will be operational in 5 years.

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