Third Energy said it would review the reasons given by Ryedale councillors who voted this evening against the company’s plans to frack at Kirby Misperton.
Ryedale District Council’s planning committee ignored the advice of officers and recommended refusal of the scheme to frack the existing KM8 well. The vote was seven for refusal, one abstention and two against – though it is thought these were the result of pushing the wrong button. DrillOrDrop breaking news
Frack Free Ryedale described the news as “absolutely fantastic”. But Third Energy stressed Ryedale District will not make the final decision – that will be left to North Yorkshire County Council.
In a statement, the company said:
“Third Energy will review the Ryedale District Council Planning Committee proceedings to understand on what planning grounds it has reached this conclusion. It is important to remember that Ryedale District Council is only one of many statutory consultees on this application, whose views will be taken into account by North Yorkshire County Council.”
“Ryedale District Council, as a statutory consultee, is not expected to duplicate the decision making role of North Yorkshire County Council, the competent and experienced Mineral Planning Authority.”
Cllr Di Keal said:
“This was a great decision by members of the planning committee who have sent a resounding message to the county council that we don’t want to see this hugely damaging industry decimate Ryedale.
“But this is just one hurdle – the bigger battle will come when the County Council meet to make a decision on the Third Energy application next month. This is one of the biggest decisions that county council members will ever have to make which will have a major impact on the area for generations to come. I hope that they will listen carefully to the views of the local people they represent.
“Ryedale has shown that this is shouldn’t be a party political decision – tonight’s decision had cross-party support – it should be made on what is right for Ryedale residents now and in the future”.
Sue Gough, Frack Free Kirby Misperton, wrote:
“Feeling overwhelmed and emotional: Ryedale District Council just voted against plans to frack at the well in Kirby Misperton. I know this is not the end of the fight but it’s a great victory none the less.
“Many thanks to all the councillors and administrative people involved, thank you also to the 60-70 supporters who turned out with banners and good cheer on a cold night. Such a relief!”
Helz Cuppleditch, an anti-fracking campaigner in southern England, said
“Although the decision lies with North Yorkshire County Council, the fact that another local council is against fracking is HUGE… well done to all our friends in Ryedale and beyond for all your hard work. There’s no such thing as SAFE fracking.”
Friends of the Earth’s Yorkshire Campaigner, Simon Bowens, told ITV it was “great news” for the people of Ryedale.
“The councillors have listened to the people they represent who are rightly concerned about the impacts fracking could have on their health, environment and local economy.
“We now call upon the North Yorkshire councillors to reject the application when it is put before them next month.”
We’ll update with more reaction as it comes in.