A legal agreement clearing the way for Nottinghamshire’s first shale gas site has been delayed for the third time, the County Council confirmed today.
The agreement, which finalises planning consent to IGas for two exploratory wells at Springs Road near Misson, should have been concluded yesterday (28 February 2017).
But the council said today the deadline had been extended for another month to the end of March 2017.
The agreement had originally been expected by 5 January 2017 but the deadline was extended first to the end of January and then the end of February.
Sally Gill, Planning Group Manager at Nottinghamshire County Council, said:
“The legal agreement for this planning consent is complex, covers a number of different issues and involves several parties – which means it is taking longer to complete than we originally anticipated.
“Due to the site’s location, the proposed lorry routing agreement, for instance, extends beyond the Nottinghamshire county boundary into Doncaster, so requires the agreement of a second highways authority.
“However, significant progress has been made on all aspects of the agreement and all parties are in agreement that a further extension to the target date is required.”
Known as a Section 106, the agreement was a set as a condition of the planning permission, granted by Nottinghamshire’s planning and licensing committee on 15 November 2016.
- A designated route for all heavy goods vehicles servicing the site
- Code of conduct for drivers
- Responsibility by IGas for any highway damage caused by vehicles
- Provision of a restoration bond
- Setting up of a community liaison committee
- Monitoring of water levels close to the site
IGas received consent to drill two wells to take samples of underlying shale to find out if it contains gas. The permission did not include permission for fracking, although the company has said it may apply for this in future.
A second IGas shale site in Nottinghamshire, at Tinker Lane, between Blyth and Barnby Moor, is currently going through the planning system. The county council has asked for more information from IGas and another public consultation is expected.