Egdon Resources announced today it would appeal against the decision by North Lincolnshire Council’s planning committee to refuse for a second time planning consent for production at the Wressle oil field.
The committee voted against a revised application on 3 July 2017, arguing that it did not have enough information to make a decision (DrillOrDrop Breaking News and live updates from the planning meeting).
A previous meeting in January voted against an almost identical scheme for the same reason. Both applications had been recommended for approval by planning officers.
Egdon also announced it would appeal against the committee’s separate decision to refuse permission to extend the existing planning consent for 12 months.
Managing director, Mark Abbott, said:
“We are compelled to bring forward appeals against both of the decisions of North Lincolnshire Council’s special Planning Committee meeting of 3 July 2017.
“Following a thorough and detailed consultation and evaluation, both applications were recommended for approval by the Council’s Head of Development Management and Building Control and had support from the key statutory and regulatory consultees.
“In addition the environmental permit for the proposed Wressle development has been issued by the Environment Agency since the original decision in January of this year.
“We now look forward to presenting our case at the forthcoming public inquiry.”
The company said notices advertising the intention to appeal would be displayed in local parishes and newspapers. An appeal would be submitted “without delay”.
Egdon said it would ask the Planning Inspectorate to add the new appeals to one already lodged against the council’s January refusal. That appeal had been scheduled to be heard in early November 2017.