A full planning application for a new potash mine has been submitted to the North York Moors National Park Authority.

The authority is expected to make a decision on York Potash’s application in about 16 weeks’ time after consultation with local residents and businesses.

The proposed site is just south of Whitby on a farm and forestry site. After studies by the applicant, the North Yorkshire coast is said to have the largest and highest-grade polyhalite deposits in the world.

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