York Potash Project
The York Potash Project was extremely complex, involving numerous ancillary consenting aspects in addition to the main mineral planning permission which was due to cover 253 square kilometres of underground working. In addition to the complexity of the overall project, the analysis of the optimum location for the minehead revealed that it should be placed, in practical and engineering terms within the boundary of a National Park.
This gave rise to a Landscape policy conflict as the location removed the presumption in favour of sustainable development that came into force through the National Planning Policy Framework. The proposals then became subject to the analysis required for Major Development with nominated designated areas. The prime considerations for the decision were the economic benefits of the proposal versus the perceived harm on the National Park. Extensive and costly efforts had been included in the proposals in order to hide the development and to limit the harm. However, it was inevitable that the construction period would have some impact over the short term. The balance was in favour of the proposals and is subject to a resolution to grant planning permission.
At the same time a Marine Management Licence was obtained for mineral extraction beneath the seabed covering an area of approximately 500 square kilometres. The Materials Handling facility for the project is in a separate administrative area and this application, accompanied by its’ own Environmental Impact Assessment information, was resolved to be approved by the relevant determining Authority.
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