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Ineos appeals over Woodsetts shale gas refusal

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Notice posted on Ineos appeal against refusal of planning permission for shale gas well at Woodsetts, 9 January 2019.

Ineos Upstream has appealed over the refusal of permission to drill for shale gas at Woodsetts in south Yorkshire.

A notice posted by the company at the site off Dinnington Road was dated yesterday.

The application was refused by Rotherham Council on 7 September 2018 (DrillOrDrop reports here and here).

An almost identical scheme was also turned down by the council on 8 March 2018 (DrillOrDrop report).

Planners recommended approval of the most recent application but it was opposed by seven votes to five.

Councillors said they wanted to refuse the proposals on highway safety and lack of information on the control of environmental impacts.

There were also concerns that the site was close to sheltered housing.

The first application was recommended for refusal and rejected unanimously by councillors.

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Proposed site for Ineos Upstream shale gas well on the edge of Woodsetts village in south Yorkshire, 25 October 2017. Photo: DrillOrDrop

Woodsetts villagers had expected Ineos to appeal. After the planning meeting in September, the campaign group, Woodsetts Against Fracking, said it had a barrister ready to fight a public inquiry. It opposed the application on six grounds: proximity of site to residents and ancient woodland, unsafe access, loss of visual amenity and loss of amenity through intimidation on a right of way.

Ineos said data from a well at Woodsetts would help the company decide where it was best to extract shale gas by fracking.

Representations on the appeal can be made to the Planning Inspectorate. At the time of writing, there were no details online but this post will be updated when they become available.

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Campaigners outside Rotherham Town Hall after the council’s planning board refuses permission for a second time for shale gas exploration in Woodsetts, 7 September 2018. Photo: DrillOrDrop

The Woodsetts site is the third earmarked by Ineos for shale gas exploration in the region.

The company’s proposals for Bramleymoor Lane, Marsh Lane, in Derbyshire, and at Common Road, Harthill, south Yorkshire, were refused by councillors but both were overturned on appeal. The Harthill appeal decision is due to be examined at a judicial review hearing at the High Court in Leeds on Friday 25 January 2019.

 

6 replies »

  1. If at first you don’t succeed bash people around the head and throw plenty of cash and expensive barristers to beat down the proles. Another case of this big company with billions in the bank pushing to get their way.

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