People who want to comment on plans by Angus Energy to produce oil round-the-clock at its Lidsey site in West Sussex have just over a week until a deadline set by planners.
The company has applied to West Sussex County Council to vary a condition of an existing planning consent granted in April 2018. If approved, the change would allow production 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
Currently, the company can operate at the site near Bognor Regis from 7.30am-6pm on weekdays and Saturdays, with no work on Sundays or public holidays.
Angus is seeking to make the change for the next 10 years.
The company said the variation (reference number WSCC/047/18/BN) would not involve increased lorry movements because oil storage tanks at the site had sufficient capacity to store oil until collections during normal working hours. The existing permission allows for eight return journeys per week to collect crude oil and two return journeys to deliver diesel and chemicals.
The company said:
“It is considered that the noise levels approved under the previous consent can be met.
“The proposals involve the use of virtually silent equipment, which will not give rise to excess noise or ground vibration and as such, no environmental impacts will arise from the operations proposed.”
Angus added that there would be no adverse impacts resulting from proposals on highways, ecology, air emissions, hydrology and flood risk, historic buildings or archaeology, landscape and visual impact, public rights of way and agriculture.
West Sussex County Council has indicated that the decision was currently expected to be decided by a planning officer under delegated powers, rather than by councillors. Representations about the application should be made to the council by Monday 14 January 2019.
The site is 1.6ha and is about 600m east of Lidsey and 1km from Shripney and Woodgate. The nearest homes are 500m away.
25 April 2018
Planning consent to retain the site and production boreholes for 10 years. Details
13 September 2017
Drilling begins on new production well (LX2). Details
Permission granted for three wellhead and beam pump oil production facility.
11 March 1987
Drilling begins on first borehole, L1
First planning permission granted