Deep disappointment as Government declines to call in world's largest potash mine

The Government has indicated that it will not call in the York Potash polyhalite mine application in the North York Moors.

Communities Secretary Greg Clark has chosen not to exercise a right to "call-in" the applications, which cover the proposal for the world's largest potash mine.

Ruth Bradshaw, Policy and Research Manager at the Campaign for National Parks, said: "We are really disappointed at the Government's decision not to call in the York Potash Project as we believe that it clearly met the criteria justifying a public inquiry.

"We will be waiting now for the final decision notice expected in September and will be considering then whether we have grounds for a legal challenge," she added.

Ms Bradshaw stressed that the application was in confict with national planning policy on important matters including the protection of desigated landscapes and had impacts beyond the immediate locality. The project was generating significant national controversy - all issues that are part of the "call-in" criteria.

Notes to Editors

The Campaign for National Parks is the independent national voice for the 13 National Parks in England and Wales. Our mission is to inspire everyone to enjoy and look after National Parks - the nation's green treasures. For nearly 80 years we have been campaigning to ensure that our National Parks are beautiful, inspirational places thast are rerlevant, valued and protected for all.

Background information on our campaign work agains the York Potash mine can be found at www.cnp.org.uk/north-york-moors-potash-mine-threat