Council officials said the company had not provided enough information for them to decide what impact the proposal would have on a historic bridge and other local heritage.
Ryedale District Council is a statutory consultee on the planning application and does not make the final decision.
A report by council officers in advance of a meeting of Ryedale’s planning committee next Tuesday (10th November) recommends objection to the application. The officers concluded:
“Inadequate information has been submitted for the Local Planning Authority to be able to properly assess the full impacts of the proposal on both designated and non-designated heritage assets.“
It said the application was therefore contrary to national and local planning policy.
The council’s building conservation officer said heavy goods vehicles delivering to the site would cross the Grade II listed bridge over Costa Beck. The officer said:
“There is no proper assessment for the impact of the development on this designated heritage asset”
Third Energy said “non-designated heritage assets” could also be affected if the application were approved. But the officer said there was no assessment in the application. The officer added:
“The application as currently submitted therefore fails to satisfy the requirement that designated and non-designated heritage assets have been properly assessed as part of the EIA [Environmental Impact Assessment] process.”
Ryedale’s report concluded the proposal was contrary to the National Planning Policy Framework and Policy SP12 – Heritage in the adopted development plan.
On 8th October 2015, Ryedale District Council passed a resolution calling for a five –year moratorium on fracking in the district and to take this into account when making its recommendation. But the officers’ report advised:
“The resolution of Ryedale District Council does not suspend the operation of the planning system in relation to the determination of planning applications for fracking by the County or the exercise of the District Council’s discretion to make a consultation response in relation to a fracking application.”
More information and new consultation
The decision on Third Energy’s application will be made by North Yorkshire County Council later this year or early in 2016.
We reported on 20th October (DrillOrDrop post) that North Yorkshire had asked Third Energy for more information about the application.
Further documents from Third Energy are now on the application’s web pages. You can find them on the Documents tab, under the section “RESPONSE OF THE APPLICANT TO THE COUNTY PLANNING AUTHORITY’S REQUEST FOR FURTHER INFORMATION UNDER REGULATION 22”.
A consultation on that information began yesterday and runs until 25th November.
No date has been set for a decision but North Yorkshire County Council will now not meet the target date of 18th November 2015, which is 16 weeks after the application was validated..
Ryedale District Council officers have recommended that no decision is made until the additional information has been consulted on.