Councillors in Derbyshire are standing by their concerns that Ineos shale gas plans for the village of Marsh Lane would have an unacceptable impact on local roads and highway safety.
A small group of councillors met for an emergency session in Matlock this afternoon to reconsider this reason for opposing the scheme when it goes to a public inquiry next month.
Officials had recommended this objection should be dropped as the county council prepares its case for the inquiry. The council said independent experts had not found sufficient evidence to support the case on highway grounds.
But the planning sub-committee, made up of three councillors, voted by two to one to maintain this reason for objection.
The council will also argue at the inquiry that the proposal would harm the open nature of the greenbelt and result in unacceptable night time noise.
The council said this afternoon’s meeting had been held at short notice to meet the deadlines of the inquiry.
Ineos wants to drill a 2,400m vertical well, using a 60m rig, on land off Bramleymoor Lane. The company has said the well would help to identify the best place to frack for shale gas. The current scheme does not include hydraulic fracturing.
- The public inquiry opens at 10am on Tuesday 19 June 2018 at the Market Hall, Assembly Rooms, Soresby Street, in Chesterfield. It is being held because Ineos appealed against what it described as unacceptable delays in deciding the application.