The public inquiry into proposals by INEOS Upstream to explore for shale gas near the village of Marsh Lane will be held in Chesterfield, Derbyshire County Council confirmed today.
The inquiry, headed by a government-appointed inspector, will decide whether INEOS should be granted planning permission to drill and test a shale gas well on land off Bramleymoor Lane.
This is the first planning application for shale gas exploration in Derbyshire.
INEOS wants to use a rig, up to 60m tall, to drill the 2,400m well to investigate the suitability of the shale rocks for fracking.
The public inquiry is due to start at 10am on 19 June 2018 at the Market Hall, Assembly Rooms, Soresby Street, in Chesterfield.
The hearing is scheduled to last about eight days and is expected to hear evidence from the company, Derbyshire County Council and local residents.
On 5 February 2018, the council’s planning committee voted by 9 to 1 to oppose the application at the inquiry, despite a recommendation by officers to support it.
Anyone can attend the inquiry. People who wish to give evidence should attend on the first day to make this known.
The council said more details about the inquiry arrangements would be posted online at http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/bramleymoorlane in the coming months.